to the Garden at Grange Cottage 2013
left, clockwise: Comma, Green-Veined White, Small Tortoiseshell,
Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Holly Blue, Brimstone,
Orange Tip, Ringlet, Small White, Meadow Brown.
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
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.