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Saturday, 4 July 2009

The garden bait.

In an effort to inject some much needed colour into the garden, and in the process try to attract more bees and butterflies, other than the ones that skipped over the fence in passing, I spent a fair bit of money over the last few weeks, at one of the local Garden Centres.

What an array of plants. Thankfully at times like that, I’m glad in a way that I’ve only got a small garden.

A few single plants, and a few ready-planted pots and tubs later; and a much lighter bank balance, I sighted them in the garden, and patiently waited.

A few Fuchsia plants never go amiss around a garden, for structure and colour.

A couple of ready potted Dianthus and Osteospermum. That oughta do the trick.

A small pot of Nemesia; beautiful scent.

A big pot of Lavender. Who could resist that?

A Dahlia, because I liked the colour,

and a small, cheery, yellow Chrysanthemum.

I already had a large Hebe growing at the bottom of the garden, always a good attraction,

and it was producing some lovely flower spikes already.

With the Candytuft I’d sown earlier, forming masses of flat heads of flowers,

and the Buddleia I got a couple of years ago, starting to flower,

I was ready to rock n roll!

The usual birds were still coming, and the young Starlings seemed thankful for Jims old water dish, for a drink, and a bath.

and even as a convenient place to have arguments, and stand offs.

But what of the other flying visitors? The bees and butterflies?

Early days yet, I keep telling myself, but one or two have stopped for a look round. Some even settled on flowers for a closer inspection. Not the ones I carefully sighted, and lived on toast for a couple of weeks to get though. Oh no. They much preferred these,

the ‘I’ll grow where I want’ plants, from the scattered seed, as the avian visitors raid the feeders and trays.

I think next year I’ll just chuck handfuls of bird seed round the garden instead, and have baked beans with my toast.


  1. Only ever been to garden centres a couple of times. A bag of mixed wild flower seed from the farmer, he's been given it anyway as part of a set aside grant, and you get a good selection of stuff. Probably scientifically calculated mix as well. Grand blog thank you.

  2. Great post, Keith, and I'm sure the bees are going to move in on that Fuchsia and Lavender before long. A good stand of wheat coming up under a bird feeder here - might grind it, bake it and make a slice of toast!

  3. Looks like you have a beautiful and colourful garden with all these lovely blooms.Would love to see your garden:)

  4. You made some great choices for your garden...we have lots of bees and butterflies, and Im always chasing them around...lol its like a captive "environment". Although we have been at it for a few year...I have a hard time tho with poor sandy soil. Great photos you have taken today!

  5. Gardening too! Well, if its nice out you don't have to travel far to capture a great shot! Not to mention, the chair you may have in the yard to sit in, a cold one on close by, and other comforts. Flowers are beautiful! The color is spectacular!

  6. ...summer and flowers...color and scent...eating outside at the picnic table...wish it could last through the year! You have a fabulous garden. You must enjoy sitting outside and relaxing in it.

  7. these are more beautiful and vibrant than the ones I saw at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden!

    stunning shots, all of them.


  8. That's a lovely lot of flowers you came home with Keith. I'm sure the insects will be taking advantage of them as soon as the 'word' gets around.

    Great set of close photos.

  9. Thanks for your comment Adrian. The wild flower seed mix sounds the way to go for the future I think.

    Rob, thanks. I’ve got quite a selection of unknowns coming up between the slabs on the patio at the moment. Be interesting to see what it all turns into.

    Thanks NatureStop. It’s certainly looking brighter now in the garden.

    Dixxe, thank you. I’m hoping to attract more bees and butterflies now. Be handy for when I can’t get out somewhere, especially when I’m working.

    Thanks David. One of the greatest things in life I think, is to just sit in a garden, and watch what comes by. I’ve even fell asleep out there sometimes. lol

    Kelly, thank you. It is good to just sit and relax out there after a long day. :)

    Jen, a great compliment. Thank you.

    Thanks John. Since getting in from work today I’ve noticed a small increase in visitors already.

  10. I known elephant hawk-moth caterpillars feed on the leaves of fuchsias - hope they turn up on yours!

  11. Now that would be a welcome visitor Phil. I'll keep a watch for them. Be great to get some shots of him.

  12. He he,! I know the feeling Keith, I've spent an awful lot of time lurking near my Buddleia lately waiting for hoards of visitors and so far...nothing! As for the box of wildflower mix seeds which I was so excited about, erm... it's still in the cupboard :(

    Lovely photos though and I suspect that you will get plenty of visitors eventually,(probably while you're at work ;)) I'm sure the Candytuft will attract plenty and the bees adore Fuchsias and as others said it must be lovely to just sit and enjoy it all.

  13. Thanks ShySongbird. I think you may be right about them all coming whilst I'm working. I reckon they wait till I'm not looking lol
    Still, the plants have brightened up the garden.

  14. I think you will get some unexpected surprises in your garden especially if those are perennials and come up on their own next year. It takes a while for a single bee to discover new plants. They have already, by now, found the flowers they go to for food and pollen and nectar and those flight paths are well known in their hives. To go beyond that is remarkable this late in the year so I am guessing you will get some insects but not as many as next year when the new bees are out and about looking for places to map for their routes over that summer. I know if we have a very bad winter or extended winter freezing that it kills a lot of bees of all kinds and it takes them a while to get their population back up and out looking for new sources. It is interesting and you are doing the right thing.

  15. Awesome flower shots. And I love your banner. Nice lens you have there on your camera, too.

  16. And who is the shadowy person next to your comment box? I love that. I want one. Lesson, please. Email me!

  17. Your garden must look really colourful. My buddleia attracts losts of bees but the butterflies aren't so plentiful around it.

    I think just casting some wildflower seeds around to see what happens is a good idea. But I think the slugs and snails where I am would get to the new plants first :(

  18. All very beautiful - the red fuscia is stunning - I've never seen any so red! I can't believe the buttterflies won't find such a beautiful garden. Keep us posted.

  19. Wonderful selection of goodies.
    Pool party at Jim's water bowl! Starlings can be a bother but are quite comical to watch.

  20. Abe, thanks for your comment, appreciate it.
    Most of the plants are perennials, so the groundwork is set for next year hopefully. I’ve already noticed a few extra butterflies so far, so things are looking good. I guess I have to be a bit more patient in some things. :)

    Patty, thanks for stopping by, and your comment.
    The lens serves me well; but always hankering for something better. lol
    Not sure what you mean by the ‘shadowy person’. If you mean in the list of followers near the end, the silhouettes, I’m not sure why it does that.

    Thanks Tricia. The new plants have certainly brightened it up.
    I put some bird seed in a few pots yesterday, just to see what comes up. I’m guessing some grasses and sunflowers, judging by what’s growing under the feeders.

    Thanks Helen. The Fuchsia is a lovely colour; very striking. Once the visitors begin to arrive, I’ll start clicking away. :)

    Andrea, thank you. Jims old water bowl is very popular with most of the birds, but the Starlings do seem to take it over a lot of the time. The pond is popular too, and a small water bath as a last resort.

  21. Beautiful flowers! Hope you get some interesting visitors soon!

  22. Thanks Squirrel. It seems to be working now. Slowly, but more and more are making their way here.