Country diary: The garden is alive with insects, despite the heatwave
Allendale, Northumberland: It?s taken a lot of careful planning, but our corner of this sunny valley is teeming with bees, beetles and butterfliesEarly morning in my garden and the catmint path is already noisy with bumblebees. They hurry from one open-lipped mauve tube to another, their wings back-lit silver by the new day?s light. Sprigs of catmint bend under the weight of the bees before bouncing up again. The hazy billowing plants on either side of the gravel path have met down the middle; they brush against my legs as I walk, making insects fly up all around me.In the borders, small skipper butterflies feed from lavender and pink betony. Common red soldier beetles mate on the domed heads of wild carrot. Wasps crowd on metallic grey domes of sea hollies. Bright winged red admirals colour the buddleia and hoverflies dart and skirmish among Mexican daisies. I am astonished by such richness, by so much abundance. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/08/country-diary-the-garden-is-alive-with-insects-despite-the-heatwave
Zdroj: The Guardian