Flutters and Flowers
Ok, I’m about to apologise yet again for the Butterfly photos. It’s just that there are so many around that it’s difficult *not* to take any photos of them. They entice me, sing to me; taunting me to come closer and take some photos.
A Peacock and Red Admiral
Then a Gatekeeper attempts to muscle in and shove the Red Admiral out (funny how the background looks white when it was a sunny day…)
After reading a post over at: Plantaliscious I discovered that these Bees with the yellow bums are in fact leaf-cutter Bees, they’re regularly seen on the Cosmos and Bird’s foot Trefoil. It’s been blooming for months now and keeping the Bees extremely happy.
And this cheeky baby Shield Bug thinks the Trefoil is also a good place to hide.
Harlow Carr rose has another flush after no blooms for a week or two, I bet my regular readers have all been missing her… 😉
Susan Williams-Ellis also has another flush; she’s been struggling a bit with the dry weather… In fact a lot of plants have and I’ve been trying my best to water everything more and we now have lots of Sweet Peas, yay!
Some interesting lichen on the Magnolia Stellata
Turns out, one of the best times to get close to Butterflies is when they’re, urm, otherwise engaged…
Lliatris makes interesting shots
Ragwort has been attracting the insects like a magnet… You need this in your garden if you don’t already.
Just look at all these Hoverflies on this Burnett!
Sea Holly is another magnet, although you can only see the one Hoverfly on there, be assured that there are normally swarms of Bees and Butterflies too.
Look at this growing in the pebbles on the tier… A Tomato, I’ve even begun watering it, we’ll see if we get any fruits!
Just to finish this blog post with…. More Butterflies…
Today we’ve had three Peacocks and one Red Admiral; just waiting for the Painted Ladies now!
See, there is a reason I’ve been leaving the job of moving this wood until after my dissertation is finished!
Gatekeepers on the Coneflowers
How many ‘keepers can you spot on this Ragwort?
I’d have to estimate there were between 10-15 Gatekeepers around the garden today, at the same time as these on the Ragwort I also had one on some sea thrift, another three on Ragwort elsewhere, the two on the Coneflowers and then the odd few flitting around the hedge. I’ll miss them so much when they’re gone!