Monday, 15 September 2008

Late Summer Visitor

Scarce Swallowtail, photographed by Tod 14/09/08.

We have raised walled borders along the front of the veranda. In the corner of the right-hand bed beside the steps down onto the lawn, there is a buddleia. It's grown too big and is beginning to break down the wall of the border. Buddleias are lovely when they are first in bloom, but by September the gone-over blossom - more brown seed than mauve flowers - looks ragged and tired. So, of course, it will have to go.

But it's also a magnet for butterflies. What can replace it and bring us visitors like this?

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