Visitors to the Garden at Grange Cottage 2013

 

Top left, clockwise: Comma, Green-Veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Ringlet, Small White, Meadow Brown.

 

The Comma is a newcomer this year no doubt attracted by the newly planted hop garden. Once common their numbers have declined as village breweries and their associated hop gardens have disappeared. We have had Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Whites in abundance this year thanks to leaving a patch of the field to thistles for the third year running. Although common along the verges of Stone Pit Lane the Orange Tip ventures into the garden early in the year along with the papery Brimstone which still appears to be low in numbers. The Speckled Wood is a rare visitor (although I am told increasing locally) and this somewhat weary specimen was found resting on a stack of plant pots by the greenhouse. The Holly Blue is an abundant albeit short-lived visitor thanks to our 20' holly tree and the wall of ivy by the main house, whilst the buddleia attracts the Peacock and Red Admiral in large numbers every year.