Surprisingly, the butterflies are still around… Nights are chilly, sometimes almost cold enough for frosts. At this time of year, the Asters are very important for insects; this may go some distance to explain why I appear to be collecting them!
Oh yes, there is it! My one and only Red Admiral this year!!! No shots of it on a plant, but I did discover just how many insects like to sunbathe on our walls! Loads of flies, Hoverflies and Bees all along the wall, plus the Admiral and a Comma.
Yesterday I popped to Dobbies to pick up some Paperwhite Narcissi ready to force; I hope they bloom at Christmas this year and not in November like last year! I also came home with a few more bulbs, a couple of ‘Queen Charlotte’ Anemone, a ‘little pink beauty’ Aster and ‘Queen of the Night’ Hellebore. Oh and a couple of David Austin roses also followed me home ‘Princess Anne’ and ‘Lichfield Angel’. One is intended for my mum though, so I need to decide which one I want to keep – I’d intended the cream, Lichfield Angel to be mine but I may change my mind!