Although we only have a relatively small front and rear garden, we have always tried to encourage pollinating insect life by planting flowers and shrubs which are more attractive to bees and flying insects. We have a weeping cherry tree in the front garden with various perennials, honeysuckle, lavender and, of course, a buddleia to attract butterflies. However, we did not have a specific area in the garden that was left to run slightly wild.
Following a holiday to Cornwall last July which included a visit to the Eden Project, I was inspired by the areas of wildflower meadow growing on the vast site and planted in the gardens surrounding the Biomes. There was also a fantastic sculpture of a bee resting on a bed of lavender and the entire border was alive with the sound of buzzing (please see photographs attached). I am also an avid watcher of Gardeners’ World on TV and after seeing Monty Don showing viewers how to go about re-creating a patch of wildflower meadow at home in our own gardens, I thought we should give it a go.