It’s not surprising that I generally see lots of bees as John, a nearby plot neighbour, keeps some honey bee hives. Most of the annual flowers that I grow – pot marigolds, cornflowers, cosmos, California poppies, sunflowers, poached egg plants, love-in-a-mist and nasturtiums – are all attractive to bees and butterflies.
I usually grow a few teasels for the bees, butterflies and goldfinches. I often see bees, rarely butterflies and only once goldfinches. On Tuesday the flower heads were buzzing with bees, often with several on one at the same time.
Over the past week I’ve been lucky enough to see various butterflies on the plot. There have been plenty of the common white ones like this Large White on the lavender, which has also attracted some Skippers.
This Speckled Wood is resting on the grape vine, and is one that I don’t see very often.
Best of all was this Gatekeeper, one of several that I saw on Tuesday morning, on a sunflower Musicbox flower. Initially it had it’s wings closed but I waited for them to open.
And don’t forget that the big butterfly count is on until Sunday, 7th August.
Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!