Great pollinator reads

With Christmas just around the corner, here are some great books to buy as presents, or to put on your own Santa’s wish list. Planting: Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury No Nettles Required: The Reassuring Truth About Wildlife Gardening by Ken Thompson THE RHS Wildlife Gardening for…

Plant of the month – Blue Eryngo

Eryngium planum, known as Blue Eryngo or Flat Sea Holly, is native to central and southeastern Europe and central Asia. It is a herbaceous perennial growing to 90 cm high with branched silvery-blue stems, and numerous small blue conical flowerheads surrounded by spiky bracts in summer. It is bush-like in appearance but fits in well in any herbaceous border.   It has…

Food for caterpillars

While bees and wasps require pollen and nectar-rich flowers to feed themselves and their young, butterflies and moths have different food requirements. Adult insects are nectar feeders but their offspring are not, and need plant leaves and grasses for food. Female butterflies and moths locate and lay their eggs on the type of plant that…

Top Ten Nectar Plants For Butterflies

  Butterflies and moths need nectar-rich flowers for food.  Adding these plants to your garden will keep them fuelled throughout the season. Most of these are easy to grow perennials, which will do their job, year after year. • Buddleia – The Butterfly Bush • Verbena bonariensis • Wallflower – Bowles Mauve • Ice Plant…