Today has seen the nicest weather of the year so far with temperatures in the mid-late teens I decided not to go out today and instead take the opportunity to enjoy reconnecting with the garden and completing some jobs. I haven’t cut everything back yet, because with clear, sunny skies will come frosty nights and I want to leave the plants to help protect the new growth.
Out I popped to dismantle some of the old fence panels and chop back some of the willow. I hoped I might even get to see some Butterflies if I was lucky.
As it happens I was apparently overflowing with luck.
First up was a Comma, which didn’t land for me to take photos. Instead I opted to take photos of the Anemones and the last of the Crocus and then onto the real work in the garden.
Stood up on the tier helping Pete rip planks of wood and I spot…
Off I run to grab the camera leaving a confused Pete for some record shots just to make sure I was correct. It didn’t land for me unfortunately so nothing close or really worthwhile showing.
But I’m just so incredibly happy because I have never seen one here before.
Once we’d finished I had three Peacocks in the right border enjoying the Crocuses and Erysimum. Later I also had Small Tortoiseshell and Comma.
Sitting out on the decking, I was yet to catch a close photo of one of many large, fat Bees. You know the kind you can hear buzzing metres away? This one decided to hide in the door… I moved her on because I was worried if the door closed, she’d be crushed.
The Bees always like to check out the back of our house for any holes. With it being south-facing this happens every year; if they’re not looking for homes, they’re sunbathing instead.
I had hoped with the arrival of the Bees and Butterflies I would see Ladybirds. Sure enough here’s a 7 –spot. Only the one though. Although to be honest I’m pleased, because last year I saw only one the entire year, late in the season.
Generally my garden only has summer Butterflies. So I’m more than thrilled that early in the year I now also seem to get them. I occasionally see Orange-tips too, but still have never managed a photo of one.
If you don’t have any Erysimum in your garden, please get some. They were the main attraction, and considering this is very early for Butterflies they would have only had Crocus to feed on – which they struggle with as they’re small. Erysimum are invaluable, not only in summer for Butterflies but also blooming constantly throughout winter and great for random early warm days which wake the insects (Bees and flies were also spotted feeding on the blooms).