The lavender has been glorious this summer, flowering just after our heavy rain earlier in the month and with very little rain since.
The dry and hot weather suits these shrubs best. And I am not alone in admiring them either… here are a few of the visitors to my garden who love lavender too…
Vanessa cardui – Painted Lady
Inachis io – Peacock Butterfly
Ochlodes sylvanus – Large skipper
Pieris brassicae – Large cabbage white
Polygonia c-album – Comma
Melanargia galathea – Marbled white
Argynnis paphia – Silver-washed fritillary
Gonepteryx rhamni – Common brimstone
Macroglossum stellatarum – Hummingbird hawk-moth
Here is the long view of the south-facing rockery – some of these lavender shrubs are ten years old or more and have been cut down hard at some stage. I try and stagger the cutting back, so that I have plenty of shrubs flowering well every year. The white ones will be cut back this autumn and next spring. Others are cuttings or self-seeded plants.
Do you see any of these pollinators in your garden? And if you grow lavender, what visits it most frequently?
Here is a slideshow of these beautiful creatures. 😀