Fluttering Blue Butterflies

Plebejus argus (Silver studded blue)

Sunday was a day of warm gentle sun and fluttering blue butterflies.

Many were camouflaged on the dried seedheads of Lychnis and were only visible when they flew up into the air.

Syntarucus pirithous (Lang's Short-tailed Blue)

It is so strange that when there wings are open they are so wondrously blue and the closed wings are intricately patterned.

There was also this amazing moth, though I didn’t see it fly and wouldn’t have seen it at all if it had been on a tree trunk.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth (Convolvulus Hawkmoth)

Inspired by the beautiful day and by reading how much everyone else is doing in their gardens I began some autumn sorting and planting.

In the tiny triangular bed near the shed and gas tank there was a Trachelospermum jasminoides, on the wire fence that protects the gas tank, a myrtle, planted a year ago which I’m hoping will grow into a nice round bush, and the bed is edged with a variegated pink and cream sedum which doesn’t cover the ground as well as I’d hoped it would and rather disappears into the colour of the tuffo.  I wanted to fill this bed with plants that don’t need irrigation so I added Artemisia Powys Castle, 3 x Delosperma with tiny crimson flowers.  I thought this would also be a good spot to add some tulips (I have a lot to find homes for – why do I order so many?) 25 Tulipa Gabriella and 100 muscari.  When I have some gravel available I may put gravel under the sedum to make it more visible and hopefully discourage weed seedlings.

Behind Rosa mutabilis I transplanted some stipa tenuissima that had self seeded in other parts of the garden and added 50 Tulips Dordogne which should be a similar colour to the roses.

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6 thoughts on “Fluttering Blue Butterflies

  1. Stunning photos Christina – and love the sound of your gas tank planting. Photos when planted please! I learn so much from your planting combinations, even if I can’t grow a lot of the plants you use. And there can never be too many tulips. Or bulbs of any sort. Though planting them can give you thigh ache from all the crouching and standing…

    • Thank you again for your kind comments. I’ll take some photos now and you’ll see that until the Delosperma spread and the Artemisia grows it still looks a bit bare.

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