Two lovely finds in the garden this week. The first was a scatter of peacock caterpillars in a bunch of nettles in the newest area of the garden where the swales were dug last spring. At a rough guess there are probably over 250 hundred of them. Nettles are the Peacock caterpillars most common food-plant. So it is always a good idea to leave a patch of nettles in your garden.
The other find was a flower I haven’t seen for years. It’s Scarlet pimpernel. It’s a low growing plant with a tiny (10-15mm across) but beautiful flower. It’s in the same area of the garden as the caterpillars where the soil was recently disturbed so it’s probably benefiting from the lack of competition from grasses and other vegetation. I’ll try and collect some seed in the autumn and scatter it in other parts of the garden.