Flutters of butterflies have been enjoyed in this Perthshire garden. I am delighted, especially as I keep reading on other blogs that sightings have been low this year. I’m happy to report butterflies are thriving up this way. This past week has seen the most Peacocks I’ve ever seen at any one time with five at one point – that I could see anyway. Other species visited with them too. For other areas this may be a small number but it’s definitely up for here.
The Buddleja ‘Buzz’ series bush in my front garden and a smaller one in my back garden (both white flowering) have attracted a least 3 species at any one time. Bees have joined them too. What fun it has been to count them all and record these sightings in my diary. The only downside to this bush is that it has outgrown the space having grown taller and wider than it was listed to be by the grower. I need to address that issue come Autumn.
I do hope other gardens have seen a boom in butterfly sightings and species this last week of August too. Please do share your sightings in a comment. I’ve been out with my camera collecting many photos and some of my favs are below. We had a dragonfly first this past month too. September is shaping up to be a fluttery one, let’s hope we get spells of sunshine for it to continue as long as possible 🙂
Drumstick allium (sphaerocephalon) is a magnet to bees and all butterflies including this Small Tortoiseshell, seen on August 13th.
Sunny front border with good mix of flower types proving a busy feeding spot
to a wide range of pollinators, area behind buddleja bush, August 24th.
Hugging the ground, a low variety of gypsophila ‘Festival Pink’, new planting earlier this year, is adding a great froth of flowers for smaller pollinators.
No surprises to which pollinators are enjoying the edging strip of lavender 🙂
Verbena bonariensis ‘Lollipop’ is partially shaded by the buddleja,
still it was spotted by Small White butterfly on August 24th.
Peacock butterfly, August 26th, spotted sunning itself on patch of dry earth.
Common Darter dragonfly surprise, pond path August 15th, a garden first!
Red Admirals led the charge in butterfly visitors for 2016, great to see this one feeding on a fresh Japanese Anemone flower, August 26th.
The Painted Lady finally arrived on August 26th and has become a regular since.
So far, only one Painted Lady has been seen at any one time – are more visiting?
A sunny edge on the birdbath attracts a Peacock butterfly on August 27th.
A worn and tattered Peacock butterfly catches my camera lens!
Folded butterflies, especially on windy days like yesterday, August 29th,
reveal pretty underside patterns like the ones on this Red Admiral.
Seeing as Painted Lady sightings are always special and not seen
every year here, this post needs to end with another image of it.
Fingers are now crossed for Comma butterflies in September 🙂
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in August 2016.