Planning ahead


The winter is a time when most of the plants are dormant. That includes little bean’s too. I like sleeping although mummy says she doesn’t get much. That means she has time to think about the plants we might grow next year in the garden!

There are lots of plants that can attract wildlife. We have Buddleia and roses for the butterflies and bees in the spring,  lots of bushes with berries for the birds in the autumn like cotoneaster, wall climbers for bugs and birds to hide in and lots and lots of flowering plants all year round. Not only does this mean we have a colourful garden but it also means we are looking after nature.

Winter is the time you can start planning ahead and decide what to grow next year. Here’s some plants you could grow to help encourage wildlife into your garden:

To attract bees:

  • Borage
  • Forget-me-not
  • Honeysuckle
  • Love-in-the-mist
  • Cosmos
  • Sunflowers

To attract butterflies:

  • Buddleia
  • Lavender
  • Wallflowers
  • French marigolds
  • Heather

To attract birds:

  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Teasel
  • Sunflowers
  • Cotoneaster
  • Hawthorn

There are many,many more plants that you can grow to attract nature, just try googling it and if you have any ideas, let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to share your comments and pictures with us below or on twitter (@beantweeting) or Instagram (@writerDSNelson), and let us know what’s going on in your garden this winter.


4 thoughts on “Planning ahead

  1. coldhandboyack says:

    I have roses that need pruning and re-wiring to trellises. My fruit trees will need pruned in a month or so. There are still medlars on the tree that are about ready for harvesting.


  2. plutoniumsox says:

    Ah lovely post, I just can’t fit in gardening at the moment, but I’m hoping when the girls go to school in a few years I’ll have a bit more time on my hands, I would like to grow vegetables again 🙂


    • writerdsnelson says:

      Hi Plutonium Sox, thanks for stopping by. Mummy voice isn’t sure how much time she’ll have for gardening now I’m here but she says all those overgrown shrubs and plants are great for wildlife 🙂


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