THE SECRET GARDEN OF BEES, BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

I have a wild flower garden.   It’s a secret garden.  A garden where bees, butterflies and hummingbirds quietly go about their business in calm privacy.  It is surrounded by hay fields.  Near by are ditches filled with water and grassy thickets and brambles.

This spring I took almost half of our vegetable garden and sowed it with wild flowers.    I filled it with annuals, biennials and perennials.   Bees are especially drawn to  blue, purple and yellow flowers.   

The bees love these single petal flowers.  They hum songs of happiness as they fly from blossom to blossom.  Occasionally makings forays into the vegetable garden for flavours or oregano and mint.  This is their secret magic world.  A garden of earthly delights for bees.

My wild flowers flaunt outrageous colors .  Waving gossamer petals to entice butterflies and hummingbirds to dine on their nectar .

I’ve added extra flower seeds to my wild flower mixture.  Lots of flamboyant poppies and delicious blue and pink bachelor buttons.  Their bright colours catch the attention of hummingbirds and butterflies.

The wild flower garden is rather like  Christmas.  Early in the morning, when the dew still sparkles on the cobwebs in the grass, I stroll out to the garden.  There’s always a new surprise for the contents of the wild flower mixture are not listed.  They are yours to discover one by one.  I never take flowers from the bee garden.  I don’t dead head.  It is their sanctuary.

I’ve close planted the flowers creating   a brilliant  kaleidoscope of colour.  The garden  is in full sun from morning to evening.    It is a garden of joy.    A small thing , this garden for bees, butterflies and hummingbird, but incredibly important to our environment.

It is estimated one out of every three bites of food we take is made possible by bees and other pollinating wild life.  Food and shelter for bees allows them to nest and increase their population in safety.

My secret bee garden.  Oswald, the master gardener would approve.  He understands the need for a rabbit proof fence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “THE SECRET GARDEN OF BEES, BUTTERFLIES AND HUMMINGBIRDS

  1. Oh, Virginia, thank you for these photos and story. We’ve moved and I’m missing my wildflower gardens something fierce. Seeing yours was so comforting. It’s just gorgeous and very useful for many creatures. Those morning strolls are magical, enjoy every one!

    • Wilma, dear friend, My wild flower garden has been a marvelous experience. Beyond my expectations. I thought perhaps a scattering of this and a bit of that, but this lush, magical colour filled part of our vegetable garden is my dream come true. It gives me such joy I plan more wild flowers gardens ext year. Cheers Virginia

    • I don’t know why I didn’t plant a wildflower garden years ago. This garden has given us so much joy and I know the wildlife (excluding bunnies) are delighted with it. Our garden actually hums now. I am delighted that I am able to share this joy with all who visit me. Cheers Virgiia

  2. Yes, you flowers flaunt outrageous colors! I love the idea of a wildflower garden right there at your home to provide a sanctuary for nature. And I like that you leave it alone and don’t disturb the bees and other friends. You create the best magic!

    • Jo Nell, this was a giant leap of gardening faith. I was taking a good third of the garden out of vegetables and putting it into wild flowers. But after sharing a conversation and a glass of wine with my dear Oswald I felt it was the very least one could do. My husband and I are absolutely thrilled with the results. We plan on planting even more wild flowers next year. Making magic is the best thing in the world. XXXOOO Virginia

    • The most wonderful thing about the bee garden – is the secluded privacy. It restores the soul. It makes you smile. The quiet activity of bees. The hummingbirds dating about the pink mallow flowers. You’re right, dear Cornelia. It IS a joy just to bee there. XXXX Virginia

    • I am so happy with this first experience with a wild flower garden. I can’t imagine why it took me so long to make the step. It has given me so much pleasure to see the bees and hummingbirds, and the butterflies feasting at their banquet. Joy to you dear Flo, cheers Virginia

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