Welcoming bees, butterflies, insects and birds in my Garden in Lucknow, North India

Summer is over, and the yellow wasps are gone for now. For me, the seasons in Lucknow seem to be marked by wasps, ants, bees, butterflies, mosquitoes, spiders, lizards, and an equally amazing variety of birds. I counted 52 different birds in my vicinity. My pesticide-free and chemical-fertilizer-free garden seems to attract them all :) I get rich cow-dung manure from a neighbouring dairy to keep my plants healthy.

This September, close to the end of rainy season, I already see butterflies breezing over my rooftop garden.  Monarch and cabbage butterflies are happy. The sunbird is enjoying nectar from my oleander and kaner flowers.

Host plants for caterpillars

Milkweed and white crocus rain lilies disappear when the caterpillars feed, but not that I mind!

madar milkweed for butterflies

My Summer and Rainy Season Garden for bees and butterflies

Yellow bhringraj, sunflowers, mint, grass, cypress vine,  holy basil, ageratum, hibiscus, oleander, kaner, tecoma, guava, chinese orange flowers, gourd, beans and brinjal flowers keep the bees busy in my garden on sunny days. The bees love to sit for a drink in the bowl of water kept for birds. The butterflies are seen more after the rains set in.

Sunflower for bees garden in Lucknow IndiaCypress vine for bees garden in Lucknow IndiaHibiscus for bee garden in Lucknow IndiaOleander flower shrub  for bees garden in Lucknow IndiaChinese orange for a bee garden in Lucknow Indiakaner shrub  for a bee garden in Lucknow India

My Winter garden for bees and butterflies

In my winter garden, I find the bees taking to my pots of mixed flowers and herbs. Mustard, saunf (aniseed), holy basil, van tulsi, Black eyed Susan, cosmos, margueritta, cornflower, chrysanthemums, candytuft, pink clover, yellow bhringraj, sunflowers, zinnia, oleander, kaner, brinjal, cockscomb, gourd,  poppy, salvia, asters, penta, dahlia  and cardinal vine to name a few.

 

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Anisha
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