I’ve not been out in the garden much recently because of my hayfever which is why I’d not noticed……but where are the bees, butterflies and ladybirds in my garden? I’ve just spent an hour out in my garden and where normally at this time of year my massive butterfly bush (Buddelia) is covered with butterflies and the garden is filled with the hum of bees.
This would of course explain why I have no roses and very little the way of other flowers. The only insect I found out there was a large bumble bee walking round in circles on the floor, obviously disoriented and in distress. The other thing that should have tipped me off is the amount of greenfly, normally my beautiful ladybirds are feasting on them but I can’t see one. In fact I didn’t even see a wasp or a hoover fly either and they are always kicking around the garden.
Now I don’t use any pesticides or herbicides, I work on the if it can grow there then it’s meant to be and let nature take care of it. However I don’t think the farmer who owns the fields behind me subscribes to the same ethos. The fields get sprayed regularly, god alone knows what with. On those days, I always keep Miss L and Betty in the house, just in case and looking at the decimation of all bug life in my garden I’m pleased I have.
It’s now worrying me, we have a very insect friendly garden and I want our little friends back but I’m not sure they’re there anymore. Has anyone else had this happen in their garden this year?