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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Save the butterfly plant buddleia for Peacock Butterfly Red Admiral Butterfly

I picked up a copy of Gardner's World (July 2011) because the cover of the magazine had a butterfly with the heading "save our butterflies." I am a massive butterfly fan and love to see them fly around in our garden. For years I could not make out why we only attracted the white cabbage butterfly to our garden. Then I read about the buddleia plant. I think I planted this plant last year or the year before and wow for the first time I got to see the Peacock butterfly and photograph it. What a stunning butterfly it is, my heart sank as I stood above this gorgeous butterfly while it let me take photos. I also got to photograph the Red admiral butterfly, which made my day. You can see pictures of my butterflies in our Butterfly Lullaby garden below (butterfly below is the Peacock butterfly:)

Butterflies are magical little creatures as they turn into fairies at night. A real childhood garden adventure! Anyone that loves butterflies please go and buy this magazine as it is packed full of details on how to save our butterflies. There is also a special offer for butterfly plants. Today I am going to read as much as I can on now to save the butterfly. One interesting thing I found out and that is those horrible stinging nettles are important food for some caterpillars. We don't have any so I will have to ask our school if I could dig one of theirs up. Today I wish I was stinking rich as I would buy the school field instead of them selling it off for housing. Then the field could be shared with the Welsh School so they don't have to travel 45 minutes for their sports day. The kids love playing in the field after school we are all very sad.

If you go to www.gardenersworld.com/images you will be able to see the relevant caterpillars.

Join the Big Butterfly Count from 16 July to 31 July. Simply make a note of any butterflies you spot over a fifteen minute period.  www.bigbutterflycount.org

I am going to do some more research and try and share with you what I know and hopefully together we can save our butterfly for our children and their children to enjoy.

I will be back to share more butterfly and fairy images...

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