Insect Hotel by Frysian Design in a Flower Garden

Insect hotel by Frysian Design in flowers at Floriade

It was great to see so much focus on insects during our recent trip to Floriade. This insect hotel, placed among flowers, created one of my favourite picture-memories from the show. 

About the makers

Frysian Design is part of a care organisation based in Vrijburgh Farm, The Netherlands. They support people to learn how to work on beautiful, at least partly hand-made items, many custom-designed to commission. Specialities include insect hotels and wooden furniture that incorporate natural or recycled materials.

In this world of mass-produced goods, made as cheaply as possible, boxed up in warehouses, ready to be supplied by next day delivery (or we’ll want to know why), I smiled to read this via GoogleTranslate on their website:

Due to the attention and care that we pay to the products together with the participants, delivery may take a little longer than you would like, but then you will have something unique.

Bloggers are often accused of saying one thing and doing another. To some extent, of course that’s true. Writing this reminds me that I’ve been very tempted to chase up an order of second-hand clothes from circular fashion retailer, Thrift+, an example of a great idea, imperfectly executed. Would that be hypocritical, or prudent?

36 Replies to “Insect Hotel by Frysian Design in a Flower Garden”

  1. Of course I’ve never heard of Thrift+ or Yodel or anything else here, but all of it sounds consistent to me. It’s all about recycling and thinking about what we’re using, yes? That’s quite a classy hotel!

    1. I have never seen the point of buying perfectly good clothes and then not wearing them because other people might already have seen you in them. How ever were we persuaded we need to consider that? Out of all the worries in the world, that one seems particularly spurious.

        1. No, no – I’ve misled you, although it is possible! I’d describe the ones I’ve bought as being lightly worn or very well cared for so you really can’t tell.

          1. Ah. (That’s the affirmative ah.) I love shopping for already-worn clothes; there’s such a sense of triumph finding something good!

          2. Better patterns, often, too. You’re not just looking at this season’s but all the seasons from way back when. (As you see I am in exaggeration mode this morning.)

  2. Insect hotel..even the name sounds lovely!
    they are quite a normal sight here as well, and I saw them as ready made being sold in many shops.My daughter has a mini version and she put it in one of the pots saying that maybe it can catch the leeches that eats our plants! Lol

    1. Good luck with that! Over the years I’ve done everything I can think of to deter slugs from attacking the potted plants in my back yard. This year I have ignored them, and amazingly, there have hardly been any to worry about. It could be a sign of the dry weather we’ve had.

  3. Ah! That photo reminds me of one I’ve just taken of a bug hotel mage here in Ripon’s Walled Garden, an enterprise offering training and employment to the those with severe learning disabilities. And well done for being – even if unwittingly, part of Second Hand September. Although every month is that with me, and has been for a long time, shoes and underclothes excepted.

    1. I had not heard of SHS. Like you, I am happy to re-wear clothes, including ones that have been well treated by someone else. I have bought very few things brand new since I realised how easy it is to get good second hand items. I just wish I’d known earlier. I’ve made many a compromise with ‘new’ clothes having walked around Manchester and found nothing ‘in fashion’ (according to the stores’s Buyers), that I wanted to wear.

  4. I photographed, but never posted about, a similar (though larger) insect hotel I found on Galveston Island. It had been made by an Eagle Scout as one of his projects, and he did well. I need to post about that, and link to this post. Perhaps others could be encouraged to do the same, especially since this is the time for us to begin thinking about how to provide a little winter shelter for insects.

    1. There’s a timeless appeal we are hardly conscious of in an insect hotel, rather the cave drawings of animals – part celebration, part invocation.

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