Saturday, 17 September 2011

BUTTERFLIES





We have had more butterflies in our garden these last few days than we had the whole of last year! These two are Tortoiseshells, but we have also had Peacocks, Red Admirals, Spotted Wood, and of course, the usual Whites. At this time of the year they love our Sedum. We have two huge clumps of this, but they are getting a bit too big for their boots now and will have to be dug up and slimmed down!




This last is a dahlia I thought would never bloom! I planted it in a tub, and then put the tub in a space in the border where there was a gap, but it sulked for weeks, until this lovely orange bloom appeared.

Sorry this is a short blog - what with one thing and another, there doesn't seem to have been much time for writing blogs!

8 comments:

KathyA said...

Short, yes, but beautiful!

I just finished reading THE BUTTERFLY'S DAUGHTER. What a wonderful book!

Hollace said...

The dahlia looks like one of the ones I chose as my favorite at the dahlia festival here. I love the peach-to-yellow-to-orange coloring. Just beautiful.
I have 2 sedums just like yours but have seen no butterflies. They must find your garden more hospitable.

Diane said...

My Dahlias have failed to produce a flower - I am blaming my neighbours sodding conifers!!! (I feel a conifer war is brewing!). I have had very few butterflies this year now you mention it Gilly. Hope you are keeping well. xxx

Aunt Snow said...

That dahlia is stunning!!! I've never grown them, but I love them.

Milkweed - I've got tons of it!

kenju said...

I love the tortoiseshells - I don't think I've ever seen any. Your dahlia is a gorgeous color!

Carmi said...

Our daughter's name is Dahlia, so that picture absolutely resonates with me.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Sunshine, flowers and butterflies - lovely! Have a good week Gilly. x

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

we appreciate the snippets!

your images instantly call back the smell of walking into a harvest festival...at school ...or at church


i'm breathing in just thinking about it....