Welcome to the Lower Garden where we are pleased to report an increase in butterfly numbers including sightings of Peacock (Aglais io) and Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus).
Emphasis continues to be placed on those plants that support butterflies throughout the various stages of their life cycle like Golden Hop (Humulus lupulus 'Aureus').
Further expansion and diversification of the planting this year has not only created a more naturalistic style to the various renovated beds but the addition of species such as Scabious (Scabiosa sp.) attract all pollinators.
There are also bee specific plants like the pretty white and pink Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolia.Some of the plants here provide a food source for caterpillars, which attracts the adult butterfly to the garden to lay their eggs. The other plants produce nectar which the adult butterfly feeds on.
There are 43 native butterfly species in Sussex including the commonly seen Large and Small White and the Speckled Wood. With changes both in land use and the climate the numbers of many of Sussex’s butterflies are in decline. By dedicating a garden to the butterfly, it is hoped to provide a thriving habitat for these beautiful creatures.
Fortunately plants that support butterflies also provide food and shelter for other wildlife. Insects, including the bees from the hives within the grounds and birds are frequent visitors to this garden.
If time allows, take a seat and watch the visiting wildlife. It’s worth having a look around the Buddleia beds on the right. Buddleia plants produce a very rich form of nectar making it very popular with butterflies- no wonder it’s called the Butterfly Bush.
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