For some reason this year, I am more impatient than ever for spring to arrive. Perhaps this is because our cold weather has not been interspersed with many of the warm days which encourage us to hang on until spring is really here.
One effect of my spring fever is that I have been noticing more articles recently about gardening in ways to encourage the proliferation of bees, as well as attracting more butterflies and hummingbirds to a garden. Since they are all useful as well as beautiful, I was curious to see if it is possible to attract all three with the same plants and methods, and did a little internet research. It is!
I quickly found several good sites with information about attracting one or all of the little flyers. Some of the general tips I consistently saw included:
As I looked at the tips, and the lists of flowers for each (bees, butterflies and hummingbirds) I started noticing some flower names appearing more than once.
Here is a list I compiled of flowering plants which seem to attract all three:
Here are more flowering plants which attract at least two of the three:
I hope these lists inspire you to plant a few of the flowers above in your garden this year, or even in a window box. Our colorful little flying friends will appreciate it. And if you enjoyed this blog, please sign up for my email list. I will appreciate that.
In the meantime, try to enjoy spring (I hope it exists wherever you are) and I will return next week with my next blog.
5/6/2018 08:45:16 am
A lot of people anticipate the arrival of spring and end up too frustrated. By the time springtime comes, they are already too worn out to celebrate. I think it’s also the same when people tend to wait for their problems to be solved. Once the solution is there, they are too tired to feel even a little bit of relief. They are no longer used to the feeling that there is no problem anymore. It’s like they are addicted to having a problem. As for those who anticipate springtime, their mood is forever winter.
6/14/2018 09:05:37 pm
We used to make garden bed when I was young and my dad really loves plants mostly those who have flowers. One of my favorites is the Yellow bell, it really blooms beautifully. I have heard of the advantages of Verbena flower and it is quite good for the backyards too. It is not enough that you love flowers but I guess you should also have the passion in planting, it is really hard to grow a flower if you cannot handle with proper care.
6/16/2018 09:57:18 am
It sounds as though you have some great memories of your dad and gardens. That is wonderful. And I agree that sometimes the downside of having beautiful flowers is the work involved in keeping them that way!
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