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.