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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:52 pm 
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No pics as it was in next door but one's garden,but I couldnt believe my eyes when I saw a butterfly suddenly appear. It then rested on the side wall of a house in the sun before flying off.

I didnt get a really close view of it, but I am fairly sure it must have been a Red Admiral. Just shows you what a little bit of sunshine can bring out at this time of year hey :) We need some more sunshine!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:54 pm 
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Nice one Linda.

With the warmer weather over the next few days there's a chance of seeing one or two more.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:07 pm 
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Hi Nigel

Yes, it cheers you up seeing things flying around, even if it also includes flies lol.

The plants are looking great too :D I kept a close eye on them with all the snow we had but they are doing well - who knows, I might see a Hummingbird Hawk Moth this year ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:00 am 
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Hi Linda,

Glad to hear the plants are OK. If they haven't already, they should start shooting soon. Fingers crossed on the Hummer front!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:18 pm 
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Hi again Nigel

Yes, they put some new shoots out a little while ago which do not seem to have been affected/damaged by the snow and cold. There are also some smaller ones visible :D

They are all in the front garden (so that the HHWs can find them easily lol) I have put 3 where the Ragwort was, next to the Fennel and the other plant which I think is Meadowsweet (I could be wrong lol) and the other over the other side of the front garden where there is slightly more shade in the summer.

Im really looking forward to seeing these in the summer and it will be interesting to see what other little insects they attract - we get some strange/more unusual flies in the front, a variety of hovers and of course some butterflies and moths, so hope some different ones appear this year.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Hi Linda, sounds like they'll thrive. Remember to deadhead regularly when they flower as this really prolongs their season, it'll also avoid it taking over your garden!

If you check at dusk you might find it overrun with Silver Ys and a bit later Elephant/Small Elephant Hawk-moths.

All this talk of summer is making me rather impatient!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:33 pm 
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Oooh that would be great having some other hawk moths.

In the summer of 2006 after we first moved to this house, there was a fairly large group of Silver Y's on a mexican orange in the back garden - that was around dusk too. I have only ever seen the odd one after that, so it would be nice to have some more again :D

I cant wait for March now, its always the start of everything - I love spring, its such an exciting time of year. Only about 7 weeks to go, so not long :D

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:48 pm 
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Something to whet the appetite!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:16 am 
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Lovely shot Nigel, they are notoriously hard to photograph. Graham

Linda, have you tried growing echia (I think that's how you spell it), the very tall spike with blue flowers beloved by many moths & butterflies etc. It's a member of the borage family & is very impressive. Jean


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:57 pm 
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Nigel wrote:
Something to whet the appetite!

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Nigel! How could you LOL.

Fabulous shot of it too - you lucky thing.

J&G wrote:
Linda, have you tried growing echia (I think that's how you spell it), the very tall spike with blue flowers beloved by many moths & butterflies etc. It's a member of the borage family & is very impressive. Jean


Jean, I googled and its echium I think. No, there isnt any of that in the garden. It looks like a huge plant though lol. Not sure where I would put it. Looked up borage too and dont think there is any in the garden, other than something that looks similar to one of the borage plants that came up on google. This plant was tucked under the rosemary on the rockery. The flowers look very similar.

The problem with this garden is that the woman who lived there for many years before, had a bit of a planting problem I think. She seemed to just keep planting and planting lol. All sorts of things keep popping up. There is stuff that really shouldnt be in the garden and in places where it shouldnt be. The soil is quite sandy too and dries out very quickly in places. Some weeds and some grasses seem to love it though as its hard work trying to stop some of them appearing lol. No matter how many times I pull out some pieces of grass that get in the rockery I cant get rid of it - the only upside to that is the grasshoppers like it lol.

She had some good ideas and planted quite a few cottagy and insect loving plants. One example is the golden crab apple tree in the middle of the front garden. There are lots of different flowers planted all around under it, they are packed in so thickly that I cant even turn any soil over without damaging lots of them which I dont want to do. So, I have left it be for now and its not a bad place for many insects to hide/hibernate in (including my grasshoppers lol).

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