Wednesday, 16 May 2012
orange tip butterflies
When I started this blog the idea was to keep a record of the goings-on at the allotment, mainly because I am hopeless at remembering where I planted things and what varieties I planted, how well they did and so on. Needless to say, this has yet to happen! I vaguely recall planting charlotte potatoes this year, and carouby de mausanne (may have spelt this incorrectly...) peas. Everything else was just what was to hand and deeply disorganised!
On the plus side I am as committed as ever to organic gardening principles and having read several articles on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees that have been published of late, I am determined to continue and ramp it up a notch by trying to find an alternative flea treament for the cat...
Anyway, my point is butterfly numbers, bee numbers, all kinds of animal numbers are falling at an alarming rate and it is a relief to see a small population of orange tips keeping a toehold in the neighbourhood. I will be putting in some lady's smock in the garden to help them along a bit more!
We also have a new frog who has taken up residence in the old belfast sink we made into a dragonfly pond last year - just need to sort out the pondweed!