Apparently it’s Learn About Butterflies Day which seems like an America national event to me. For here in the Britain the butterflies aren’t quite doing their thing. You see butterflies need to warm up first before they can fly and to warm up their body temperature they need to sit in the sunniest spots. Not something our UK garden butterflies can do here at all as yet. Sunny and warm? Nope!!! I’m wondering when will be the last frost? That might be when the beauties come out to play. In the meantime, we can still start to create a butterfly garden for them. Perhaps start to sow seeds indoors of plants that attract butterflies? There’s plenty of native plants you can encourage to stay in your garden and you can’t beat Buddleia (actually named the butterfly bush) for attracting butterflies. A good patch of nettles too, as they really are good for plenty. Actually I’m thinking of making some nettle soup, seen as the nettles are coming up nice and green and fresh now. Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing all the native butterflies in the garden. Now what is that saying? Oh yes: You can only reap what you sow. So yes, have and keep things in the garden to attract them, sow some things if you can, encourage these flutterby beauties.
Oh how lovely is the Irish Blessing: May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun. And find your shoulder to light on. To bring you luck, happiness and riches. Today, tomorrow and beyond.