On the Plots:
Last week I reinforced the butterfly protection on the big Brassica cage, and now the results of their previous visits are coming to light, with holes in the leaves of lots of plants. A half hour search turned up
caterpillars of all sorts of sizes, all Small Whites, which are now bird food, plus a huge number of Flea Beetles, making free with the leaves of the Cavelo Nero and Swedes. I have never seen such huge numbers of them, so I think I might try a garlic spray
to try to deter them. The young brassicas in other beds do not seem to be affected, so let's hope they don't decide to wander on over
The Dahlias are flowering well, and give lots of bunches of cut flowers, as well as a nice splash of colour inside
the top gate. I took out al the thistles that had grown up amongst them, and gave them a good soak, as even dahlias can't carry on for ever without water.
This week my youngest grand daughter took part in the Big Butterfly Count
at the plots, walking about for 15 minutes and recording, on the identifcation chart provided, how many of each species she saw. No surprise that the most common ones on our site were Small White and Large White Butterflies, and if you look carefully at the
photo of the dahlia bed you can see that two Large Whites have been photo-bombing (top left)!!
Just for her, here is a picture of a Comma Butterfly with its wings closed, so the little
white "comma" mark on its hindwing that gives it its name is visible