Flutterby

butterflies on buddleia bushes

Whether it’s the warm weather or my relaxed approach to the many buddleia bushes in the garden, the place is alive with butterflies at the moment. In fact, we’ve had so many peacocks sunning themselves on the paths and elsewhere, I’ve had to be a bit careful where I tread …

peacock butterfly

This one was obliging enough to sit for a portrait and even uncoil its tongue – which I didn’t notice until I was going through the photos later. How cool is that? They’re definitely creatures that just get weirder the closer you look.

peacock tongue coiled

It also helps justify my chemical-free approach to gardening as I’d rather have weeds and butterflies (and hares) than a bowling-green lawn and a pristine gravel drive (although actually what we’ve got (as well as the weeds and the butterflies and hares) is a gravel drive that is closer to lawn than gravel in places). Fortunately, an hour or so mindlessly pulling up weeds in the drive is rather soothing when you’re in the right frame of mind, so one day we might get all the way back to gravel …

Even better, is weeding the raised beds. I have to confess that normally whenever I take a shot of any of my veg growing, I usually have to do a bit of hurried weeding first (I’ve even considered photoshopping the damn things out). But not this time. It may just be because they’re newly created and haven’t had time to get properly weed infested, but it took just half an hour to get those bits of the plot that the hares weren’t sitting on absolutely pristine.

weed free leeks

weed free fennel

I could get used to this …

4 Responses to Flutterby

  1. Your butterfly-adorned budleia is just adorable!

  2. msnomadica says:

    Wow. Life certainly seems to be all good on the garden front. Hares, gorgeous butterflies and fresh healthy food – that’s fabulous.

  3. disgruntled says:

    @stephani – people get a bit sniffy about buddleia but at this time of the year it’s amazing with all the butterflies on it
    @msnomadica – the rest of the garden is a bit of a jungle, but never mind

  4. ballsofwool says:

    I let my winter carrots flower and was rewarded with swallowtails which look HUGE.

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