Research for the Butterfly Garden is already turning into a very exciting journey of discovery. ‘Decoding’ botanical plant names has resulted in more than one surprise.
As I’m not familiar with botanical plant names it is quite likely that I am getting a few things wrong, particularly when it come to plants that seem to have been reclassified more than once! I’m happy to be corrected if anyone notices a mistake.
The focus of my research so far has been larval food plants for the three most common butterfly visitors to our garden; The Australian Painted Lady – Vanessa kershawi, The Australian Admiral – Vanessa itea and The Common Brown – Heteronympha merope
The larval food plant preferences of the Painted Lady are the kindest for the garden so far, so I’ll focus on those today. The Painted Lady likes Chrysocephalum (Everlasting Daisy), Ammobium (Yass Daisy) and Chrysocephalum apiculatum (Yellow Buttons). It is also fond of Gnaphaliums, but these are going to take a bit more research.
Larval food plants sourced from Braby, M.F – The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia.
I don’t currently have any everlasting daisies in my garden but will happily try growing them from seeds next spring. ‘Yellow Buttons’ is said to thrive on neglect, so that at least will fit right in!
Today I was also excited to find another Butterfly visiting the garden, the Meadow Argus, so there’s another one to add to the research list!
Around the garden…
Quite late in the season I’ve sown some cherry tomatoes. The seedlings are looking quite happy after transplanting into bigger pots, so hopefully with some feeding I can get them going before it’s too late!
The photo below is for Gururajr, it is one of the Japanese Maples growing in our garden. I’m not sure which variety it is, as it was an unlabelled seedling we planted about eleven or twelve years ago. We fondly refer to this tree as ‘Mother Maple’ as she self-sows very readily!
Last of all is the inevitable rose photo, another David Austin Rose in need of a move to a slightly sunnier spot in the garden. This time it is William Shakespeare Rose.