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Buddleia - Brilliant for butterflies and bees

Monday, 5th August 2019

In this week’s wildlife adventures with an iPhone, I couldn't resist filming how much life this buddleia supports when it flowers - there's no wonder it's often referred to as the butterfly bush.

The buddleia brings lashings of visual pleasure on a summer's day; I confess to being captivated by its magnetic effect - you can hopefully tell I'm a big buddleia fan?
 
I can think of no easier shrub to plant and maintain that offers so much in return for the wildlife garden than buddleia - it's equally at home amongst manicured flowerbeds and, at the other end of the spectrum, Britain's railways; it's a gregarious shrub and it's hard to find any sensible reason to feel offended by its stature in any way, shape, or form. Who couldn't love its soft honey-scented flowers?
 


 

I find it easy to wax lyrical about the buddleia; I'm thinking about starting a petition to say there should be at least one in every garden! And, of course, the buddleia would love that because it wants the world to know how hard it tries - and its efforts are expressed by its brisk growth. This is a shrub that would happily take over my entire garden if I allowed it, which is why it's important - for its own sake - that its wings are clipped (it's hard pruned) after flowering. It might seem a little harsh, but the buddleia will come back happier and healthier next year if it's pruned hardback in autumn. The wood can be stored somewhere in the garden where it can become a natural home for mini-beasts. Give, give, give - that's the buddleia for you.
 
One thing is for sure, it will be back next year to put a smile on your face, and joy in the heart of even the grumpiest bumblebee.
 
Plant one soon.
 
Go on.
 
You won’t regret it.
 
Ps. I’m reliably informed it’s the ‘big butterfly count’ until 11th August – I’m going to have a count, how about you? See https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/ for details.

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