Suddenly yesterday (Saturday) we were inundated with visitors, these visitors are not requiring any beds to be made up or cooking to be done, just as well as there are so many of them! When we had the heat wave last month, I can’t say that we were inundated with butterflies, but yesterday, in the hot sunshine, they were everywhere, flitting about from flower to flower, not settling at all, it was very difficult to photograph them! Today it is cool and raining and not a butterfly to be seen.
The butterfly I was so excited about was the Silver washed fritillary, which has been coming to the garden for a good few years now. It was feeding on the Lysimachia ephemerum which is just by one of the buddleias, and totally ignored me, so I was able to take quite a few photos of it.
We had loads of Speckled Wood butterflies in the garden during the heatwave, but of course the day I was running round photographing all the others, where were they?! We also haven’t seen any Holly Blues yet or Painted Ladies, but there is still time. Usually, when we let the circular lawn grow into a flowery meadow for part of the summer, we have Ringlets busy laying their eggs on the long grass. This year though, no meadow, as we knew we were having a big tent in that area for our birthday celebrations the other weekend, must make sure we leave the grass to grow long next year.and hopefully they will come back.
Butterflies weren’t the only visitors yesterday, this plant of Echinops ritro Taplow Blue was a frenzied feeding station for lots of the bees, they seemed quite frantic to find some food.
Between the showers yesterday, I had a wonderful time photographing all our visitors, hopefully we will have more to come as long as the weather behaves itself during August. I am more than happy to have lots more visitors this summer!