Talk about get to grips with WordPress, never got so lost in my life! Can edit up and running pages, and because of that, thought would be simple to start from scratch (without reading or having received the how to email for Day 1!) So!
About as much success as trying to plant hoary plantain seeds this November – however, they, the packet did say, are hardy seeds that are happy to stay in the ground until they’re ready – good and ready – to germinate. I’m hoping this blogging will go along those lines – it’s been underground for a while now while I tussle with the edits. Not so sure about the Silene Noctiflora (love that name) don’t think that late October sowing will be so good for that, even though really it’s been so mild. Worryingly mild.
Some good news – Greenpeace seem to be having some bearing planetwise – even getting the PM to sign up for things, things like no polluting cars by 2030. Bet he thinks he’ll be long gone by then, so why not sign up now? Overall though, Lockdown does seem to be having some green results, even if it’s not all wins (HS2 continuing, this dismantling of Planning Law and a very dubious Agriculture Bill and a far too flimsy Environment Bill – all my MP’s doing).
But I suddenly realised, duff though my WordPress start is, it’s worth continuing with, and persevering with as it’s what I really want to do. So I’ll just to have to work it out as I go along! Somethings work, some don’t – experience is building and the whole thing is character testing (even if I’m failing there as well!). So please “bear with” as this blog stumbles towards something readable and actually information bearing.
Today for example, reminded by my large Garden To Do list album, I looked up in the lovely old ‘Create a Butterfly Garden’ book I got from @BooksandInk to find which plant in particular is loved by butterflies. There’s hundreds of them! Stymied, right there. There’s not just one – of course! Don’t know why I thought there was one in particular. I can never get enough plants!
However, a lovely mention of nettles in this book (by a bloke who was butterfly advisor to Winston Churchill and called L. Hugh Newman) stirred me to action! It said if you have Michelmas daisies by the shed and leave the door open over winter, the flowers will bring the last butterflies* in and they might overwinter inside. But you must have Nettles right outside the shed door too – so that when the butterflies emerge, they can nip out and start laying their eggs straight onto the young nettles in early Spring.
I won’t tell you what I did next. Suffice it to say, there is is a little nettle bed now, next to my shed. I’m not sure it’s sunny enough and haven’t seen any last butterflies go in the shed, but have left the door open…..
* I’m sure he mentioned that it’s Peacocks and Admirals that like nettles, and may overwinter here if they find a suitable spot. Will look that up again