Get sowing for wildlife and us!
Whether you love the structure of the garden artichoke or the more natural appearance of the cardoon known as the 'wild artichoke' or prefer to hand over a patch of rough ground to some free-growing thistles or, like Val, strategically consider sowing some seeds close to a window to watch more wildlife in the garden.
Thistles for lunch - for everyone!
There's something for everyone including the garden bees, birds and dinner plate!
Artichokes and Cardoons - thistles for lunch!
Thistles flowers food for insects - attracting the bees.
Save the seed heads for birds to enjoy over the colder months.
Seed heads food for birds like greenfinches - get sowing for wildlife! They're a great way to feed the birds during the colder months.
Thistles, sowing for wildlife, attracting bees - teasels are just as good.
Teasels, not part of the thistle family, but similarly the flowers are food for many insects and the seeds attract many birds.
We scatter teasel seeds as close to our kitchen window as we can, to enjoy watching the many and varied visitors.
So whether it's teasels or thistles, sowing for wildlife, attracting bees and birds to the garden can easily be achieved by some careful planting. There's still time to sow some thistle, teasel and artichoke seeds directly into the ground over the next few weeks - we'll be watching as Val's garden grows all summer and look forward to seeing more wildlife attracted to her garden.
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