Bee & Butterfly Mix
Bee and Butterfly mix is an Amazing mix of 45 annual flowers and herbs that attract bees and butterflies into your garden. The seeds can be sown directly onto a well prepared seed bed and raked in. Alternatively if you want to be more efficient with seeds you can sow the seeds into trays or modules first. There is sufficient seed for 3 to 6 square metres depending on your sowing method.
Butterflies have fascinated us for centuries – depictions of them go back to the time of the Aztecs or before. Their colorful presence, their association with flowers, their graceful movements, their fragile beauty, and their dancing movements with the wind have fostered a special appreciation for these insects. Aside from adding beauty to our lives, they play a significance role in nature as well. They are very important pollinators, resulting in the pollination of food for us (apples, watermelon, squash and cucumbers.
There are 97 bee species in Ireland: the honeybee, 20 species of bumblebee, and 76 species of solitary bee.
Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland. They are a key component of our wildlife and one of the busiest, least appreciated work forces we have. A study from the Department of the Environment found that bees are worth €53m a year to the economy. In Ireland crops such as apples, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, blackcurrants, peppers, courgettes and pumpkins are reliant on bees for pollination.
It is estimated that almost three quarters of our wild plants rely on insect pollinators, of which bees are most important.
Why create a bee and butterfly garden?
To increase our bee and butterfly population. They are both becoming increasingly rare. By growing plants that they need, you will help to preserve bees and butterflies by providing them with the plants they need for food and to raise their young. You will be helping other pollinators as well with a butterfly garden. (Butterflies and insects are such an important part of a healthy ecosystem.)