My wellies photo was also used in the cover letter for the magazine, plus the editor included a nice plug for the blog (thanks!)
The buddleia is covered in huge deep purple flower spikes, which are finally attracting some butterflies. Even though it's been quite windy all day, I've just seen a brimstone, peacock, red admiral, 2 gatekeepers, small white and 3 large whites out there. It feels like it's been a very poor year for the butterflies so far, so it's wonderful to see some in the garden. It's the last week of the Big Butterfly Count, so I'll log the butterflies I saw on the website at http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/.
Last spring we planted some dark mullein seeds to try and help the very rare striped lychnis moth. The plants have flowered this summer and are doing really well. Unfortunately no sign of any striped lychnis caterpillars yet, but we'll keep looking for them. Doesn't really matter, as the flowers are very pretty and the bees and hoverflies seem to love them.
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