A slightly ragged Common Brown (Heteronympha merope merope) visiting the garden today.
The space down the side of the house is gradually starting transformation into the butterfly and bee garden. There’s not too much to see plant wise yet, as I have to discipline myself to focus on cleaning up not only this area, but the rest of the garden too.
However, once I’ve put in a few hours wrangling Couch grass and Ivy I let myself off the hook to spend a little time to work on setting up the butterfly and bee garden.
The butterfly and bee 'garden to be'
Here’s my progress report, please feel free to point out mistakes with Botanical names, I’m just starting to get the hang of these and realise that I’m probably making many mistakes!
The fact we already have a well established mauve Buddleia (in foreground of photo above) is what started attracting Butterflies to our garden in the first place. The bees love it too.
Lavandula Multifida – ‘Spanish Eyes’ or ‘Canary Island’ Lavender.
Lavender planted next to a shallow water dish and some resting rocks for butterflies
I found this beautiful little soft ferny Lavender which has very dainty little tube shaped flowers and couldn’t resist it. I’m thinking the butterflies and bees will love it too.
Monarda didyma – Bergamot
Said to be a favourite herb for bees that I’m hoping will flower soon. I’ll post a picture when it does.
I’ve been following up my research on the food plant preferences of the caterpillar of Vanessa kershawi – The Australian Painted Lady by planting:
Bracteantha Bracteata – Golden Everlasting Daisy
For anyone unfamiliar with an everlasting daisy it is a low growing plant that loves the sun. The apparent petals are actually bracts and you can find a lot more information about them here. I hope to grow a few more colourful varieties from seed next spring.
Chrysocephalum apiculatum – Yellow Buttons.
Sad little Yellow Buttons
A Native plant commonly grown as a low maintenance and drought tolerant ground-cover. It’s meant to be as common as muck but I had a bit of trouble finding it and bought quite a sad looking little seedling just because I was so happy to have finally found it! It is meant to have a mass of small cheerful yellow flowers. We’ll see if it cheers up!