Thursday Thoughts – Garden News

So far this Spring and start of Summer has given the ideal weather for the garden: Raining during the nights and sunshine during the days. Such wonderful difference from last year’s extreme heat. Come along for a short walk!

 

These are only some of my flowers – but I am so glad they survived last summer’s heat! I adore the little rain gauge my son bought for mother’s day.

My wild roses were planted maybe 20 years ago – I got them from a friend who in his turn had got them from a little old lady in a forest cottage.

I love those little ones – a sea of pink! If you study the bumble bees below, you will understand how small these roses are.

This year, the Painted Lady, being a long-distance migrant, caused the most spectacular butterfly migration observed in Sweden.

Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonizing mainland Europe and reaching Sweden and even Svalbard. In some years it is an abundant butterfly, but never as early as this year. I usually see them in my Buddleijas in late summer.

This year they migrated in millions, and Gotland, our biggest island, received more than 6000 of them in some hours. In my garden now, I have hundreds of them. Some battered and torn – but who wouldn’t be after such a flight!

 

30 comments on “Thursday Thoughts – Garden News

  1. Gorgeous, Ann-Christine! Your images are wonderful! I’m trying to imagine hundreds of butterflies in your garden. You must have hundreds of pictures. 🙂 🙂

    • So glad you like the butterflies too – and I do have some shots of them…but I just love walking by the bushes, flowers and trees, to feel the wings fluttering. Unbelievable this is happening – there were hardly any butterflies at all last year.

  2. Your garden flowers are beautiful and how amazing to have so many painted ladies. It is a few years since we have had any here.

    • Yes, we don’t have them every year, and never so many! But it is wonderful to see them fluttering between all the flowers the whole day! Quite unbelievable.

  3. Lovely garden…at last we are getting the larger variety of flowers and colours. We have been short of water…that is until this week when the heavens opened and we now have floods and a garden well battered by the heavy rains – and it is still raining heavy as I type. 🙂

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