Garden Bistro Dish Of The Day

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Today’s take-away special is definitely the oregano nectar smoothie. The Cabbage White butterflies and the honey bees have been gorging themselves, and while I am not too thrilled about feeding up the Cabbage Whites – given the mayhem they can create among my cabbages and broccoli – I have to admit they did look very lovely flitting around in the guerrilla garden. In fact I think I shall rename our unofficial planting behind the back fence ‘the biodiversity plot’ because, even as I write this, there is an awful lot of it going on there.

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Noteworthy action includes crowds of longhorn beetles busy replicating in the spearmint flowers and on some ragwort that has recently arrived uninvited; skipper butterflies on the lesser knapweed, ringlet butterflies on the phlox and oregano; also passing tortoiseshells, peacocks and commas, and some rather small hoverflies.

Most of the bumble bees, however, are inside the garden still scoffing on the drumstick alliums. Now for a gallery of some of today’s lunch-time clientele:

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47 thoughts on “Garden Bistro Dish Of The Day

  1. Delightful, Delovely … and delicious!
    Up until a couple of weeks ago we too had nice cabbages etc. The hens have gorged themselves. Oh, well, there’s always next season!

  2. Your term “bio-diversity plot” and your description/photos of nature at work make me so happy Tish. I’m feeling a bit bombarded with environmental bad news at the moment.

    1. Thanks, Dries. I’m especially happy because we have had such hot, dry weather, at one point I thought the garden inside and outside our fence was going curl up and die. We had a single short downpour on Friday, and that revived everything.

  3. Biodiversity plot sounds very technical Tish, I think I like guerrilla garden it sounds feral and ferocious as befits the rampaging wildlife and the uninvited plants. In NZ ragwort is a noxious plant and I spent many hours chipping it out of the cow paddocks. Ah such memories just one word in your post brings back….

    1. Ragwort used to be a notifiable weed here too. But suddenly no one cares about it any more, and it’s growing everywhere. For some reason our cattle pasture must no longer be deemed to be at risk.

  4. I had never appreciated before how good oregano is for bees and butterflies, but ours too is teeming. Which is good because it self-seeds everywhere!

  5. Oh, butterflies. I’ve noticed such an abundance this year. That third to last photo..that one’s called a little wood satyr. I was sitting under my tree and one landed on my hand and sat there for a very long time. I even managed to take a video (posted on Instagram). This happened 3 days in a row. Such a beautiful experience.

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