Last October I decided to record how many different types of flowers were in bloom in my garden each week. This was no scientific study, but something I hoped would give me some idea of how I’m doing with my wildlife garden. One of the targets for my garden was to have something flowering all year round, so that bees and other creatures have a food source all year.
This is the graph I came up with. As you can see, this winter it never got below three different plants flowering at once.
The three that covered the weeks with the lowest count are the hellebore, winter flowering heather, and strawberry tree.
The amount of plants flowering picks up again when my mahonia, and what I think is viburnum tinus, start flowering.
I clearly still have quite a few things flowering in October, but once November comes there’s a sharp decline. Something to work on.
Once spring hits, it’s picks up quickly; something new is flowering each week or so.
I didn’t record summer and probably won’t carry on recording this year. I already have lots of flowers in summer and it’s probably the easiest month to add to.
I still have some flowers on my wish list, but I’m going to add in some more winter flowering stuff too if I can.
How does your garden fair in the winter?