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hello, having decided at the beginning of the year to try and encourage as many bees/butterflies to hepl them along, i bought quite a lot of plants for this reason, spent a small fotune !!

unfortunately, i think i'm jinxed because we've had nothing but rain ever since and howling winds. i haven't seen a butterfly for weeks and very few bees.


i'm hoping that future years will be a bit drier than this, otherwise the only insects to flourish are the ones we don't want !!!   


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    There haven't been that many butterflies about during the past few weeks, though some bees have still been flying. We normally get a good flush of butterflies around the time that buddlea flowers, which is in a few weeks time.

    Hopefully your plants are still alive, and waiting for some customers.

    Even if you haven't seen much effect yet, it's always valuable to take steps to improve the ecological health of your garden, and there's a lot you can do. It helps too if neighbours have a similar attitude, so there is plenty of wildlife in the vicinity.


  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 512

    Yes I'm disappointed as well, having bought plants to encourage butterflies especially. I've only seen one cabbagewhite in the last month! The bumble bees are making the most of the scabious and buddleia globosa and erigeron today despite the wind. Just hoping the forecast for 3 dry days next week here for Essex holds true, and maybe I'll see a few more flyers!

  • If they're new plants presumably they won't yet have many flowers on them? They'll make - pardon the pun - a beeline for the plants with plenty. While I haven't seen many butterflies I have had lots of bees on well established plants. Ceanothus and poppies last month provided the main bee bistro. This month it's Geranium Johnson's Blue and Escallonia that are proving irrestible. All these are well established plants with an abundance of flowers. The exception is a newly plantd Knautia with half a dozen flowers on. Poor thing must be exhausted by now as the bees have been virtually queueing up. Be patient. If you plant them, they will come image

  • CatdudeCatdude Posts: 3

    Unfortunately there just aren't that many butterfiles about anymore nd with the cold, damp start to summer there are not likely to be but don't let that put you off gardening with insects in mind as the more food sources they have the more chance there is of the few that are around surviving.

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213
    Could not be happier! After despairing that I never could get toads to help me garden I just found one! He or she was at home in a potted Aspidistra I had abandoned to its fate outside behind the conservatory (snails just adore it and it keeps them of the lilies).

    I tried log piles, which certainly the snails, slugs and centipedes appreciated; I tried water features and marginals and no toads image but who'd- a-thunk-it an ASPIDISTRA in a pot did the trick.

    I could kiss that never know!
  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    You get a flush of Spring butterflies and soon we will have the Summer butterflies visiting our gardens. You will be rewarded with butterflies once your new planting is established, just needs a little bit of patience! image

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213
    Swirls of butterflies don't appear down here until mid to late July. Our local authority has stopped micro-managing parks and verges and left grasses and wild flowers for four summers now and it has made a big difference.

    The sound of beetles whirring and crickets fiddling usually comes any time now. Usual background noise to watching tennis but last night it was just mozzies!
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  • fotofitfotofit Posts: 73

    Hi there - no butterflies of late where I am in Lincolnshire - quite a few in the heat of March but I think the rain and cooler temperatures have seen them off. Plenty of bees though as many people nearby keep honey bees and many bumble bees have been evident - all seem very active in the evening - even today after the flash flooding.  

    The buddleis are definitely butterfly magnets and so hopefully, once temperatures pick up and the flowers appear the butterflies will "come out to play" !!!

    As has been said, your efforts will not have been wasted as plants/shrubs will establish themselves this year and go from strength to strength in future years image

    Happy gardening !!

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