This packet of butterfly and bee seeds memorial gift is perfect for friends and family to remember your loved one, particularly if they loved butterflies and bees! The seeds inside are British-grown British wildflower species loved by butterflies and bees – Selfheal, Lesser Knapweed, Birdsfoot Trefoil and Field Scabious. These are all perennial wildflower species, meaning they will grow year after year.
The seed packet is recycled and measures 9 x 12 cm. It is also personalised with your loved one’s details – please provide these in the box above. On the reverse of the packet are the sowing instructions.
How to Sow Wildflower Seeds for butterflies and bees
Either sprinkle the seeds directly on to bare soil in a sunny spot and press them into the soil (no need to rake over). Water them well. Or scatter the seeds over a pot of compost in a similar fashion.
Field Scabious flowers are pincushions of lilac! They are also known as Gipsy Rose and Ladies’ Hatpins. It is an attractive plant to bees and butterflies – it is the particular food plant of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and Common Burnet, Lime Speck Pug, Shaded Pug and Narrow Bordered Bee Hawk moth. It is the preferred nectar source for the Small Skipper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Essex Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies. Field Scabious grows to about 2 ft in height. The whole plant, excluding the root, was made into skin ointment for treating scabs, sores, ulcers, gangrene and dandruff. Also used for fever, coughs, pleurisy, lung problems and stitch. Do not try any of these remedies, though, without first consulting a qualified herbal practitioner!
A perennial wild herb and great for adding flavour to cooking.
Cornflowers are fantastic bee plants! They used to be known as Hurt Sickle as they used to be abundant in fields but ruined the sickles when harvesting. It was, therefore, eradicated from the wild and is now a rare sight if spotted in its natural habitat.
Fabulous yellow daisy-like flowers which bees and hoverflies love! Also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century, tenant farmers were ordered to get rid of it from barley fields because it was such a pest. Medicinally, the plant can be used for night sweats, fever, sores, ulcers, burns. Do not try this at home without getting advice from a qualified herbalist! Corn Marigolds also used to be used for making protective wreaths and was believed to be able to strip a witch of her will.
Brilliant nectar plant for insects! It is also quite drought-tolerant and a very hardy.