Six on Saturday. 12.08.2023

Once again it is time for Six on Saturday, it seems to come round so quickly and this week got hotter as the week went by, Thursday and Friday were very warm with a lot of sunshine and the rain petered out eventually. The garden is carrying on as usual, roses are starting to flower again, clematis are carrying on flowering and the rest of the plants are doing what plants are supposed to do at this time of year. Butterflies are adding extra colour and movement, lovely to see them all fluttering round the garden along with all the bees buzzing.

My six for this week are……..butterflies!

no 1

A Comma butterfly in the front border where there is a large buddleia keeping all the butterflies happy.

No 2

A Brimstone up near the pergola in the side garden.

No 3

A Silver Washed Fritillary on the same bush as the previous one, Thursday was a really good day for butterflies.

No 4

Not a good photo but this is a Tortoiseshell butterfly, quite a bit smaller than the previous one. It wouldn’t stay still for me to get a better photo, but I’ll keep trying. Lower down on the right is a Peacock.

No 5

Red Admiral, we have had so many of them this year, far more than usual, which is lovely

No 6

Last but not least, a Peacock butterfly with its lovely markings. All these butterflies bring lots of extra colour to the garden and it is lovely to see them all each day.

Those are my six for this week, Speckled Woods are making the most of all the windfall apples, soon the others will be joining them when the apples start fermenting, I will have drunk butterflies everywhere! My little meadow has been cut so I hope my Meadow Browns won’t miss it too much.

I’ll sneak in another photo ……

Not a butterfly this time, but a Buff tailed Bumble Bee. Convolvulous does have its uses, the bee had a lovely long drink of nectar, I’ll try to think more kindly about convolvulous in the future!

Thanks go once again to our organiser Jim at Garden Ruminations, do pay him a visit to see what other gardeners are up to this weekend.

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20 Responses to Six on Saturday. 12.08.2023

  1. Butterflies! Nice pictures! We have had a lot of Red Admiral also this year, but not so many other butterflies. I have had only three monarch caterpillars, and have seen only a few of the usual species. Many have been flighty and hard to photograph.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks, it’s just pure chance whether the photos turn out as the butterflies just don’t keep still long enough some times. I wish we had Monarchs, they seem to be such beautiful butterflies.

  2. Jude says:

    Gosh you are lucky. Not only heat AND sunshine, but so many butterflies too. Whites and Red Admirals here with the occasional Small Tortoiseshell, but I haven’t seen a Peacock in years.

  3. Graeme says:

    You’re doing well with our butterfly visitors. The most I’ve seen so far have been at garden centres.

    • Pauline says:

      We are doing well Graeme with our butterflies, the odd bit of sunshine certainly brings them out visiting, so have to have my camera ready.

  4. Fred says:

    Nice shots ! I do like the first with the light effect 👏

  5. Denise says:

    Great photos Pauline. It’s no wonder Buddleia is called the Butterfly Bush. The Buff tailed bumble bee is just lovely.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Denise, the butterflies always seem to go to the bushes with the most perfume. Couldn’t resist taking the photo of the bumble bee, it’s good to know that convolvulous is good for something!

  6. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely to see all these, I have plenty of cabbage whites floating araound!

    • Pauline says:

      Yes Rosie, I have lots of cabbage whites but didn’t stop to photograph them! I have tried to leave a message a couple of times on your blog, but it wouldn’t accept my website address, don’t know why?

  7. Helen Jones says:

    I’m still not seeing many butterflies around here, so it’s lovely to see your visitors.

  8. So lovely to see so many butterflies. We get so few here (I’m in North Somerset). Great pictures.

    • Pauline says:

      Many thanks, Thursday certainly was a good hot sunny day, it made all the difference to the number of butterflies visiting here in Devon.

  9. Delightful photos of your butterflies, Pauline! Exquisite creatures. I’ve seen Red Admiral and Comma (rare in my garden), but the others are not found here. Would love to see them one day. Your garden must be a happy place with them flitting around.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Susie, you are just the right person to appreciate them! I hadn’t met lots of them when we lived in the NW of the country, only when we moved to the SW that we started getting a much greater variety of butterflies, so of course spent a lot of the time planting all their favourite flowers.

  10. snowbird says:

    What a wonderful variety of butterflies. They do love the buddleia. Love the sweet little bee

    • Pauline says:

      There were a lot of butterflies that day Dina, it was lovely watching them. I have since seen the little Holly Blue so that might make an appearance on Saturday! x

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