Flower bulbs: for a garden full of life
Oddly enough, we’re planting fewer and fewer flowers and plants in our gardens. This is making life harder for wildlife. Would you like to enjoy your garden and also give nature a hand? Then plant flower bulbs this autumn.
Feel good about your garden
The garden isn’t just for yourself, you know. Your green oasis also provides a habitat for birds, hedgehogs, butterflies, bees and lots of other animals and insects. They can’t do without plants: they depend on them for food. In other words, having lots of plants means lots of life in your garden - and that’s good. Flower bulbs are important elements for creating a living garden. When you plant them in the autumn, you ensure that bees and butterflies can start foraging even early in the spring. You’ll see that this gives you a wonderful feeling about your garden.
Just a minor change
What’s an easy way to have a garden with more life in it? Why not remove a few paving tiles and plant flower bulbs there? Or plant a few groups of flower bulbs among shrubs that won’t be in bloom yet in early spring. Or fill a planter with various kinds of flower bulbs. It might not seem like much, but even little changes like this will enliven an ecosystem. The flowers produced by flower bulbs will provide for insects, insects for birds, and birds for even other animals.
You can choose from many different kinds, such as flower bulbs that produce tall flowers like ornamental onions (Allium), tulips (Tulipa), daffodils (Narcissus) and hyacinths (Hyacinthus). But you could also choose flower bulbs that produce shorter flowers such as grape hyacinths (Muscari), Grecian windflowers (Anemone blanda) or crocuses (Crocus). Actually, all bulb flowers make tasty treats for bees. For butterflies, ornamental onions are definitely in first place.