You don’t see until you look.

After reading a post from Sarah at The Garden Deli about hidden and undiscovered flowers that act as nectar and pollen attractors for butterflies, I thought I’d take a sneaky peek at what was happening in my garden. We see VERY few butterflies here apart from the dreaded white cabbage butterfly which is rated as foe, not a friend. They were conducting a ‘Big Butterfly Count‘. I might check that out, sounds interesting. I wonder if they are as obsessed with ‘big things’ over there as we are here? Maybe someone has a ‘Big Butterfly’ at the front of their business or at the entrance to the town. Would be far prettier than a ‘Big Pineapple’ or ‘Big Yabbie‘ like we have!

Anyway, I am home for a few days trying to repair a damaged knee (fell during my marathon of work a couple of weeks ago) and today was an absolutely beautiful day. It is very frustrating on such a day not to throw myself into another round of jobs and just be a bit passive, but due to the injury I really need to take heed. Something I don’t do very well!

Alas,  I found no butterflies and no hidden flower gems in the lawn, but I sat with a cuppa for a while and was entertained by some hover flies and bees in the veggie patch and garden. I deliberately left these broccoli to flower for that purpose, so it was nice to see it had the desired effect.

IMG_4859Incoming bee for landing.

IMG_4894 Hover flies everywhere and look at the pollen on that bee!

The beautiful jonquil flowers also had some visitors.

IMG_4938Flowers on the broad beans, and the supporting wire I installed is doing a great job.  Can’t wait for a harvest from these.

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Almost a celeriac!

I was chuffed at seeing how well one of the celeriac plants was doing and one morning it looked a bit lop-sided so I went to investigate and obviously something other than me thinks celeriac is worth having a chomp on. Bugger, it looked like it was going to be a cracker too!

IMG_4766Could this be the guilty one?

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Genetics.

Does how you paint go into your genetic profile? Father & son here, made me giggle.

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2 Replies to “You don’t see until you look.”

  1. Thanks for the mention – I like the idea of big butterflies! Hope your knee is fully recovered soon… you’ll need to be out in the garden to protect the rest of the celeriac plants from hungry hens.

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