Slow work

Now the nights are drawing in, I’m finding a bit more time to put towards this project. November was so (worryingly?) warm in fact that I was gardening right up to the end of it, putting in ‘Goose-Necked Loose Strife ‘ as recommended for butterflies by Professor Dave Goulsen. (Author of “The Garden Jungle” which I have yet to settle down and read most of. Inspiring stuff though, even just sitting there on the coffee table to be looked at every time I do sit next to it!). I’m hoping the Loosestrife will be a more constantly flowering offering than my small Buddleias which managed to attract Red Admirals and Peacocks for two just two weeks this year to my joy and delight!

Also put in some tall grasses and more michaelmas daisies for next year, to build up a bit more of a prairie offering (as per a SaveTheButterflies webinar I joined August this year). Have to say, got the grasses from Beth Chatto and was delighted – free delivery this time of year and as they said, plenty of time for these plants to settle in before the hard winter sets in.

So there hasn’t been much time for WordPressing, what with Christmas afoot. However I have yet to stitch this site together, so there’s plenty to do! I suppose it’s the same as my garden, no overriding design as such (nothing a la Titchmarsh). Just a longing to add more, learn more and employ what tips I have picked up as I go along – in order to promote wildlife. And always, to put more plants in!

Next year I will be severely restricted on budget and so i’m determined to grow more of my own wildflowers from seed – And am looking forward to putting in my carefully protected Sweet Rocket and heritage Hollyhocks (a gift from from an elderly gardener). This is the way forward, I feel! Would say please comment if you agree – but haven’t yet figured out the comments page, sorry!

Well that went well!

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

Today’s the day

Today’s the day I get brave and decide to get to grips with WordPress in order to blog a bit, or to start blogging, anyway. In order in turn to log a few discoveries along the way, as I learn more about the wildlife around me. With the overall aim of connecting to that wildlife more and becoming more wild myself! Big aim – but important, these days, more than ever, to connect with one’s own wild side. All the while looking out for all those insects and ‘critters’ that are helping us so much, unsung and behind the scenes…