Around once every 10 years the UK experiences a Painted Lady ‘summer’ when millions of the butterflies arrive en masse. The last mass immigration took place in 2009 when around 11 million Painted Ladies descended widely across the UK. Unusually high numbers have been reported this year and Chris Packham is calling on the public to determine whether we are in the midst of such a phenomenon. Its caterpillars feed on thistles and Mr Packham, who is vice president of the Butterfly Conservation charity, is urging people to take part in this survey. The Count runs until 11 August and participants are being encouraged to spot and record 17 species of common butterfly, including two day-flying moths in the UK during three weeks of high summer.To take part submit sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org or via the free Big Butterfly Count app. Chris Packham #BigButterflyCount
PS. By the way... Enchanted Gardens Kent is also a member of the Butterfly Conservation trust! 🙂Join the #BigButterflyCount from today until 11th Aug . Simply stop for 15 mins in a sunny place and count the butterflies there . Send your result to bigbutterflycount.org and help Butterfly Conservation ... See MoreSee Less
We've outsourced a local supplier who will provide us with seeds of an amazing bee-magnet plant. We have yet to identify this species, so feel free to suggest what it could be. Please don't confuse it with the mature #Echiums that are also featured here. They will both be in our new '#EnchantedSeeds' mix available in autum! ... See MoreSee Less
Introducing the very Japanesy, Bonsai-like Gleditsia tree.
Please excuse the noisy background. You can just turn off the sound if you like and enjoy looking at this delightful dainty tree in the wind. A second video is coming very soon (with hopefully much improved sound quality! :-)), were Donna will show you how to prune it. ... See MoreSee Less
Just to show you how beautiful the Seasalter end of Whitstable is in the summer. Every year there is a free art trail happening (next weekend on 27th & 28th July) that runs accross town and you can meet the fabulous creative talent that lives in the area. ... See MoreSee Less
#WildlifeBridges. Green bridges are common in Europe and North America, but only a few have been built in Britain. One of the most celebrated bridge in the UK spans the A21 at Scotney Castle in Kent in the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). But our very own A299, or better known as the Thanet Way, which is 22 miles long, runs directly behind Enchanted Gardens here in Whitstable from Faversham to Ramsgate and could do with one as well. #GreenBridges #Sustainability #WilderKent #SavethePlanet #KentWildlifeTrust The Wildlife Trustswww.gov.uk/govern…/…/green-bridges-safer-travel-for-wildlife ... See MoreSee Less
For more info on Bees & Pollinators and helping them by planting all year around local plants check out Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Kew Gardens, Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts.
We are set to get a Silver Gilt + a special award from the Kent Wildlife Trust. The Wild About Gardens Awards Scheme is running in 2019 and is open to anyone who has, or is developing a wildlife friendly garden in Kent. Volunteer Wildlife Gardening Advisors visit entries during the summer and Awards are presented for different categories at a special event in October in Canterbury. #WildAbtGardens #KentWildlife #rhshome www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk... See MoreSee Less
A gift to the honeybee: #GreenBusStops. More than 300 bus stops in the Dutch city of Utrecht have had their roofs transformed by plants to help biodiversity such as #honeybees and #bumblebees. In a further green measure, Utrecht residents are offered subsidies for maintaining their own #GreenRoofs. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)... See MoreSee Less
We have started collecting seeds from the pollinator-friendly flowers in our own gardens and will be offering them to you in the autumn as: 'Enchanted Seeds'. We have also found a suitable patch in our lawn that we will transform it into a Wildflower Meadow next spring. It might not quite match the meadow at The Royal Gardens at Highgrove, who was originally planted in 1982 with a 32-species seed mix, but by introducing new species each year we can create a constantly evolving landscape that is cultivated in harmony with the seasons. #wildflowermeadow #wildlifegardening #gardening #gardeningtips #englishcountrygardeners #WildflowerSeedPackages #EnchantedSeeds ... See MoreSee Less
Using crystals and colourful stones in the garden is popular amongst many holistic minded people. Not only are they suppose to help new plantings grow, they are also said to reduce transplant shock. 😉 solidair-sculpture.com/gardensculptureexhibitionFeng Shui suggests to display a collection of stones in the South East area of your garden that are GREEN, PURPLE and RED such as Jade, Garnets, Carnelians, Amethysts, Agates, Iolite, Jet, Mica and Tiger eye – since they attract money and are good for general abundance and prosperity. A few new garden sculptures have been added to: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SolidAirSculpture #GardenCrystalStones ... See MoreSee Less
Watch a short video of Donna talking about the importance of single petal roses. Single and semi-double blooms have a delicate, airy appearance. With fewer, more open petals they expose their stamens, attracting bees and other beneficial insects to the garden. ... See MoreSee Less
We've had a visit from the Whitstable Craft & Flowers Club yesterday, a friendly and supportive group who get together every first and second Tuesday in the month at the Whitstable Umbrella Community Centre in Oxford Street to improve their craft skills and arrange flowers. Our range of educational 3 hour #gardeningcourses here at Enchanted Gardens Kent include a lecture, a guided garden tour and practical demonstrations. Different subjects throughout the seasons are:
- Pollinator-friendly Garden Design - Pruning: summer flowering shrubs and climbers - Seeds & Seedlings: how to choose and grow them on
If you are interested in booking your own group event, then feel free to contact us at: 01227 266070, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 15-20 people at a time. This includes a light lunch (homemade quiche & salad), tea/coffee and cake. Days and hours to suit.
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Caitlin McLaughlin has created a buzz at the Hampton Court Palace flower show with her entry 'The Urban Pollinator Garden', but we can certainly compete with our very own Ric Horner designed bug hotels. 😎🐞🐸🦋🌻 ... See MoreSee Less
Kent has the highest diversity of bumblebees in the UK, including nearly all our rarest species. Relatively recently you could see these species throughout Kent but now they are restricted almost exclusively to coastal areas, which the Making a Buzz for the Coast team is targeting.
Project Manager, Emma Lansdell, introduces the 135 mile long project and her hard-working team of conservation and outreach staff. Their aim is to create and restore bumblebee habitat and engage local people in conservation volunteering and bumblebee gardening activities. For more information about the project, go to www.bumblebeeconservation.org/making-a-buzz-for-the-coast. ... See MoreSee Less
Over the past 25 years I have grown only plants here at Enchanted Gardens that are good for bees, butterflies, bats and other insects. From my extensive research I've now selected 35 different varieties that are hugely beneficial and I'd like to recommend them as a group as: #PollinatorHealthCarePack These plants are: Asphodeline - Aster - Agastache - Ascelepias - Buddleya - Cardoon - Campanula - Centaurea - Calamintha - Cosmos - Cerinthe - Digitalis - Eryngium - Echinops - Eupatorium - Erysimum - Evening Primrose - Fennel - Honesty - Helianthus - Hollyhock - Knautia Macedonia - Pulmanaria - Nepeta - Leucanthemum - Rudbekia - Salvia - Scabious - Sedum - Stachys - Telekia - Sorrel - Sopanaria - Verbena - Veronica.
Most of our specialized plants are £ 7.50 but we are working on a reasonable price for an All-in Package + Bug Hotel that will hopefully help people to consider creating a pollinator haven in their own gardens! #pollinatorgarden #beefriendlygardens . Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for #PollinatorPacks . And watch Chris Packham's pledge for more #wildflowercorridors at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005hptThe BBC Springwatch Garden has created quite a buzz at RHS Hampton Court this week. Catch up with Chris Packham tonight at 9.30pm on BBC Two to find out why 😎🐞🐸🦋🌻 ... See MoreSee Less
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Subsidies over the past 70 years have encouraged UK farmers to use chemicals and fertilisers that destroy ecosystems and degrade the soil, and bring in managed honeybees where wild bees once flourished. We urgently need to bring nature back into the way we produce food. As taxpayers, voters and consumers, we can help make that change. It worked in other countries! The German state of Bavaria for example is leading the way. Their state’s governor announced recently that a “save the bees” petition signed by 1.75 million people would be passed into law. The petition demanded 20% of farming land to be made bee-friendly within six years and 30% by 2030, to reverse the decline in flora and fauna. And he made it clear that farmers would be financially supported to carry out the transformation. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)a ... See MoreSee Less
Magical Crystal garden sculptures made with a 50/ 50 metal and resin mix. These unique artworks can be used as meditative tools, or to raise the vibrational energies in your home. One of our friends is making them and they will be in an exhibition on 27th and 28th July. House 19 on the Made In Whitstable: Arts, Craft & Vintage Trail miwtrail.wordpress.comsolidair-sculpture.com... See MoreSee Less
We are now also offering various 3 hour half-day courses, which include a lecture, a garden tour and practical demonstrations. If you are interested in booking a group event, then feel free to contact us at: 01227 266070, or firstname.lastname@example.org. £18 per head, up to 15 people at a time. This includes a light lunch (homemade quiche & salad), tea/coffee and cake. 11 - 2pm. Days to suit. Different subjects throughout the seasons are:
- Pollinator-friendly Garden Design - Pruning: summer flowering shrubs and climbers - Seeds & Seedlings: how to choose and grow them on ... See MoreSee Less
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Find out about all things Eco! Enchanted Gardens is an organic nursery passionate about environmental conservation and bio-diversity. We will be at the Eco Craft Day on Saturday 24th August from 10am - 4pm at the Clock Tower Plaza, Herne Bay, showcasing our bio-degradable plant pots and green shopping bags. Learn how you can offset your carbon footprint and to create a mini nature-reserve in your garden by planting bee & butterfly-friendly flowering plants, especially those packed with pollen and nectar. Another one of our exciting plans for the future is to create an all-in ‘Environmental Health Care Pack’ for people who want to help nature. So come down and get involved! 🙂 Herne Bay Ladies Who Latte #EcoCraftDay www.facebook.com/events/643492969465003/ #HerneBay Plastic Free Whitstable #EnvironmentalHealthCare #SavetheBees www.enchantedgardenskent.co.ukEnchanted Gardens Kent... See MoreSee Less
We are working towards a stock take (yawn) but, this means we need to clear the decks! So, it’s time to (almost) give away some cosmos psyche white and purity at, wait for it FIVE for £1.00! Offer while stocks last. See you soon! ... See MoreSee Less
We have had a few visitors recently who have bought plants (not always ours) and a pot and we make their pots up for them. We charge for our time and the compost we use and you get a ready to go pot! Much easier than mucking about yourself with compost and grit and so on! ... See MoreSee Less
A beautiful garden that is lovingly created will almost always impact your health and wellbeing in a positive way. 85% of our visitors say that by spending time in nature has helped them to not only learn more about plants and flowers - it's also good for their soul and thus very therapeutic! Many of the people who visited us, clearly enjoyed the calm and uplifting energy here at Enchanted Gardens Kent, which they say inspired them creatively and added to that feel-good factor. A shame we can't take the whole site to the #KentWellnessFestival in Detling, a 2 day celebration of all aspects of the wellness industry: fitness, nutrition, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, spirituality and self improvement. On that weekend (13th & 14th July) they are offering a whole range of services from beauty and massage therapies, to Reiki and holistic therapies, as well as interesting talks. . But we could do similar things here too - at least in theory! We certainly got the means to run yoga and healing/ meditation workshops, we've got an in-house personal trainer/ fitness instructor, a beautician and even someone who makes funky crystal sculptures! I believe there is a jacuzzi here somewhere too. 🙂 solidair-sculpture.com/orgonestonesThe Kent Wellness Festival #WellbeingDays ... See MoreSee Less