22 February 2016
Page topic: Food for Wild Life
How to Invite Butterflies
If this is your time to freshen, divide and re-
Now for the really useful information. Nectar-
Among herbaceous plants where butterflies feed, Helenium, Verbena natably bonariensis, almost all the thistle family and notably Knapweeds, tall Phlox, Solidago, Rudbeckia, Sedum (the taller the better) and perennial asters are outstanding in my memory. In damper places you may have cardamine pratensis (Lady’s Smock also Cuckoo Flower) or Purple Loosestrife they are both good: the Orange Tip hatches early and lays its eggs on cardamine which provides the nectar she needs. Here’s a happy thought. With global warming, if you grow buckthorn you may be lucky enough to be host one day to a generation of brilliant sulphur-
Catering for the larvae mostly involves growing weeds or their close relatives, and the most spectacular insects that make the effort worth-
Related structurally to the nettle-
Sydney Harrod, 17 February 2015
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Yes, there’s much concern about bee health and the threat of low crop yields, so we should do what we can to keep the pollinators happy.
The plants mentioned in connection with butterflies are all suitable: the summer and autumn flowering plant-
Spring Crocuses too are valuable as beefeeders, as are Doronicum, Grape Hyacinth, Hellebores, Pulmonaria, Rosemary, and Wallflowers, specially welcome until the clovers come into flower. To help the clover to thrive, we should make sure there’s no 2,4D included in our lawn treatment programmes.
Sydney Harrod, February 2015