June sunshine

Those who were lucky enough to visit Chadkirk earlier in the week, were able to enjoy the walled garden in warm sunshine. New flowers are opening, while other blooms fade and fall. The flowers of the chives and welsh onions are continuing to attract bumble bees, but they have passed their peak; instead of dozens of bees there were just three or four feeding.

In the Walled Garden there are useful tips for visitors wanting to attract butterflies to their gardens at home. Hardy geraniums may attract the bees. However it’s the hesperis and valerian that seem to be attractive to butterflies. Both of these plants are easy to grow and are self-seeders.

Hesperis matronalis, known as sweet rocket, adds a lovely scent to the garden and brightens up a midsummer border.

BBC – Gardening: Plant Finder – Sweet rocket.

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