Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Butterflies are beautiful and colorful animals, they have something refined and sometimes even symbolic. This makes them one of the most beloved insects. Seeing butterflies makes us happy, but to continue to see and enjoy them, we must also make the butterflies happy! With just a few additions, the garden can become even more butterfly-friendly and the enthusiast can easily create a real butterfly garden.
1. The right plants and flowers
Butterflies extract the nectar from a flower with a kind of long proboscis. This proboscis is different for each butterfly, that's why each butterfly has its own favorite flower. With the right mix of different colorful flowers, you can count on even more fluttering friends.
Our butterfly-attracting flower mixture therefore contains many different types of flowers that give off an abundance of nectar. Does your customer already have the urge to start sowing flowers asap? They can start to sow and grow under glass now, in a greenhouse or seed pot for example. From May onwards you can sow in the soil of the garden.
Some of the flowers in our seed mix especially for butterflies:
All flower seeds in the mix: Corncockle, Dill, Borage, China Aster, Cornflower, Yellow goose flower, Coréopsis des teinturiers, Chinese Hound’s-tongue, Wild delphinium, Purple Viper’s bugloss, Gold poppy, Buckwheat, Garden Candytuft, Lavender, Red flax, Flax, Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Common Mallow, White honey clover, Corn Poppy, Phacelia, Canary-grass, Annual Phlox, Garden mignonette, White Mustard, Red Clover, Nasturtium, Verbena, Narrow-leaved Vetch, Youth-and-age
Tip: Do you already have an annual or perennial butterfly bush in the garden? If so, March is an excellent time to prune it (just after the frost period).
2. A house to hide in
Butterflies are cold-blooded and therefore prefer to be in the sun as much as possible. Unfortunately, the sun doesn't always shine and so butterflies will look for a place to hide or spend the night when the weather is bad. In March/April, the first generation of butterflies can already be observed, such as the lemon butterfly and the little fox. After a short period of time, the largest group of butterflies emerges in July who will immediately start looking for food and a place to hide. Surely you want to be prepared for that?
Leading up to the new fall/winter catalog, we are introducing a completely new series of colorful houses for garden animals, with also keeping butterflies in mind. The roofs of the houses all have their own color with the silhouette of the animal in it, or as we call it, a diapositive imprint. You open the cabinet made of 100% FSC® wood, easily with the door on the side. This makes it easy to fill the cabinet with twigs or to clean it afterwards!
In the diapositive range you will find cabinets for butterflies, bees, ladybugs, squirrels and birds. We have also designed a shelf plan for you in which you can put all types of cabinets from the range, if you like them as much as we do! Check out all of the diapositive boxes here and ask about the possibilities.
3. Attract butterflies
Want to do even more to attract butterflies? Make sure that there is water available for them, for example. However, offer thie water in the right way, because butterflies, like bees, are not attracted to 'deep' water. We have come up with a solution: a yellow bath, especially for butterflies and bees, filled with black stones. The stones provide a convenient landing spot from which the insects can drink.
The bath has a yellow color so that the butterflies and bees are attracted to the bowl even faster and a sloped side so they can easily climb out again. For a higher turnout, keep the bowl at a distance from a bird bath or bird feeder.
Of course, we have even more items that attract various butterflies to the garden! Check out everything for the butterfly-friendly garden here.
PS. We can deliver the butterfly pool and the new diapositive series of cabinets from mid-May this year, but are already available for reservation!