Bulb flowers attract buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies
Butterflies and bees add that little extra touch to our enjoyment of life in the garden. And butterflies and bees also tell us something interesting about the place where they are found. If you see a butterfly fluttering around in your garden, this is a good sign that your garden is doing its part in the balance of nature. And that's nice to know! Bulb flowers are wonderful for attracting these beneficial insects.
Soothing buzz and hypnotising flutter
Just imagine: happy bees flying from flower to flower and grateful butterflies searching out flowers in the prettiest colours. Their hypnotising flutter and soothing buzz appeal to both our eyes and ears. If you want more butterflies and bees in your garden during the spring, flower bulbs can really help. These friendly insects are quickly attracted to the beautiful colours and sweet fragrances of bulb flowers. After all, what these little creatures are after is food! The nectar produced by these flowers makes a welcome meal for bees and butterflies.
A nice meal for butterflies and bees
Many kinds of bulb flowers attract butterflies and bees during the spring season. And they are available in a wide range of shapes, colours and sizes. A good example is the Grape Hyacinth. Grape hyacinths come in white, blue and purple and are happiest in a sunny spot in a border or lawn. Their flowers will be in full bloom in April and May to welcome bees and butterflies to your garden. Dwarf irises dress up your borders, too, and their vibrant yellows and blues are magnets for butterflies from February to April. Create the prettiest look of all by planting them together with snowdrops and crocuses. For more information about the many different varieties of flower bulbs, take a look here at the assortment.
How and when to plant spring-flowering bulbs
To enjoy flowering bulbs and the bees and butterflies they attract in the spring, the bulbs have to be planted in the autumn. Not a job to look forward to on a rainy day, but just think of the satisfaction it gives to dig into the soil with your own hands. Choose a dry sunny day to enjoy the fresh air in your garden for maybe the last time that year. But don't wait too long since this should be done before the first frost to give the bulbs the right cold period they need. The bulbs should be planted at a depth three times the height of the bulbs themselves. This means digging a hole deep enough to stack three bulbs on top of each other to reach the surface of the ground. Then plant the bulbs bottom side down in the hole. Fill the hole with the soil you dug out, tamp it down a little, and start looking forward to a dazzling garden full of flowering bulbs, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies.