New butterfly recorded in the garden

Whilst working in the garden today I was lucky enough to see a species of butterfly new to our garden. I saw two male Ringlets (Aphantopus hyperantus) fluttering around. I did my best but wasn’t able to get a great photograph…

Male Ringlet butterfly

Male Ringlet butterfly

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New raised bed

I’ve now finished the first of the new raised beds near our patio. The plan is to build three beds in total and also clad the steps.

The first raised bed is finished

The first raised bed is finished

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Green roof update

Our green roof seems to be doing ok. The plants are certainly spreading well and many are now flowering:

Flowering plants on our green roof

Flowering plants on our green roof

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Summer work and summer chafers

I’ve now started work on the raised beds and steps closest to the house. I’m planning to build the beds out of fence posts and deck boards. We’re also going to clad our “feature sleeper steps” (estate agent speak) since they ooze tar when it’s warm weather and so we can’t sit on them. We could just buy pressure treated ones but it seems a shame to get rid of these ones so cladding with deck boards it is.

Starting to build raised beds and clad steps

Starting to build raised beds and clad steps

It was a really nice evening this evening. The garden had a beautiful scent in it from a bumper crop of evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) in and around the wildflower meadow. Unfortunately it was getting a bit dark by the time I took a photo:

Evening primrose at dusk

Evening primrose at dusk

The garden was also full of summer chafers (Amphimallon solstitialis) these fantastic beetles are on the decline but seem to do quite well in Bristol:

Summer chafer (Amphimallon solstitialis)

Summer chafer (Amphimallon solstitialis)

Another view of a Summer chafer (Amphimallon solstitialis)

Another view of a Summer chafer (Amphimallon solstitialis)

I also noticed a few leaves with the familiar semi-circular cut-out caused by leaf-cutting bees. They are one of my favourite bees so it’s good to see them back again this year.

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Flowering Rush flowers

We’ve got a flowering rush in our pond but, I think, it’s the first year it’s actually flowered. It’s pretty spectacular and has a great scientific name to boot – Butomus umbellatus

Flowering rush in flower

Flowering rush in flower

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