With spring just around the corner it is time to start thinking about the best way to attract lots of lovely visitors.
Bees, butterflies, ladybugs, birds, toads and other creatures make extremely welcome additions to any garden in the spring and summertime. They do an excellent job of keeping down aphids and other unwanted insects that will happily graze their way through your favorite flowers and plants, as well as providing that all-important job as pollinators – vital if you want bigger and better fruits and flowers.
Planting bee and butterfly friendly plants which produce heady scents and have lots of easy to get to pollen is one way to attract pollinators and to encourage them to stick around you’ll need some kind of shelter for them to protect them from the wind and rain, and any potential predators.
We have some beautiful hand-made insect and animal houses that not only look stunning, but will provide welcome shelter for all sorts of amazing creatures. Here are some of our favorites:
Mason bees, like all other types of bees, are on the decline in the US, mainly due to crop spraying and insecticides. We can help to restore the balance by giving these friendly non-stinging bees a home.
This beautiful house will provide shelter for lots of mason bees who unlike their cousins the honey bee, don’t require a hive and tend to work alone rather than for a queen. However, they do like company so this is the perfect retreat for them after a hard days pollinating.
We have a great selection of hand-crafted butterfly houses, but this makes a great gift for a child as they can paint and decorate it themselves.
This is best hung somewhere near to a reliable nectar source if you want butterflies to take up permanent residence, or can be used in conjunction with our live butterfly rearing kits so that when you release the adult butterflies into your garden they will stick around.
If ladybugs are more your thing, then we have a selection of wooden ladybug houses to choose from. Ladybug houses are great for attracting the creatures in the spring and providing somewhere safe for over-wintering ones to hibernate in.
They may not be everyone’s favorite gardening friend, but did you know that a single toad can eat over 100 various flower eating bugs in a single day! And we promise you don’t need to kiss them, just provide them with somewhere pretty to stay in.