Tuesday, 21 April 2015


No lovely photographs sadly - the little darlings wont keep still long enough for me to focus on them!  However, I have noticed so many more butterflies in the garden this year than last year and have been trying to identify them.   Lots of peacocks, orange tips, painted lady, brimstone, small blue (chalk hill?), small fritillary, possibly a larger fritillary and meadow browns, if they are the ones that look as if they are dancing in the air together.

This weather is certainly good for them and  they seem to be enjoying it as much as I am. I am pleased that I haven't had the energy to dig up all our dandelions as I read somewhere recently that we should leave their flowers to feed the butterflies.  So I'm doing my bit for wildlife without realising it.

I hate to say it but our gardens could do with some rain - I had to water ours the other evening and it looks really parched again.  I think we are supposed to get some on Friday.  I don't think we have had any showers this April!

Enjoy it while we have it - make hay while the sun shines, or whatever you like making while the sun shines.


The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes Heather, I have noticed how many butterflies there are this year - it is obviously a good year for them so far.
We have a huge amount of spring flowers out and they flit from one to another - beautiful to watch, but - as you say - impossible to catch in a photo.

sharon young said...

We went to Winchester yesterday and there were quite a lot of butterflies about and he who knows everything about them says it's too early for a chalk blue as the usually emerge in July. We saw lots of Holly blues, apparently they like holly and ivy, hence the name, so they are often seen in domestic gardens.

Heather said...

Thankyou Sharon - I knew someone would be able to help. There is a lot of ivy at the end of our garden and along one side wall and two small holly bushes,so Holly blue it was.

Robin Mac said...

We are finally having glorious Autumn weather here, but no rain to water our gardens either. We live in the tropics so there are always some butterflies around - which I love to watch too. Cheers.