Friday, 13 June 2014

Good Out Of Bad?


My neighbour makes no secret of the fact that he hates gardening and I sometimes do a bit of weeding for him in his small front patch. However, the enclosed garden at the back of his house is full of almost waist high weeds with a lot of thistles.
They eventually pollinate and I have lots of downy seed heads flying into my garden with the breeze. This, of course means lots of weeding eventually for me.

I was surprised that all during yesterday afternoon and especially late evening, the sky seemed full of orange fluttery things flying over our garden and they were spreading all up and down the road. They were definitely coming from the garden filled with weeds!
I was amazed when I went outside to inspect these fluttery beings. I'd never seen so many butterflies in all my life but none of them would stay still for long enough to positively identify which species.
I searched my book on British butterflies and found that Peacocks definitely thrive on thistles and they looked the same size, colour and shape, so I guess that's what they are.
Just goes to show that something good can come out of something bad.

I continue to look after Harry and he is marginally stronger than when he first came out of hospital. Although I am tired, we are getting into a routine now and help seems to be coming in slowly now, in various forms, so progress is being made there, too.


 

19 comments:

Jinksy said...

Magical beauty from weeds! And butterflies are scarce, these days, so I guess the neighbour must be forgiven.
Glad to hear you have some help at hand now... xx

Irene said...

I think I have seen just one or two butterflies this year and not many bees either, although there are lots of wildflowers in the fields. I don't think this is because of my lack of observation power. I do worry about that a bit. I hope they are abundant in other parts of Mother Nature.

I hope you and Harry will get lots of help because I know you need it. I am glad to hear that he is rallying a bit. xox

dianefaith said...

What a neat post, Maggie! I read it in early morning with the birds coming awake and chirping, and I could just see those butterflies flitting around, gaining new life from a patch of weeds.

Rose said...

So many plants that are important for butterflies are often classified as weeds. In the past 20 years or so, farmers in the U.S. have all but eradicated the milkweed, which is an important host plant for Monarch butterflies. Now gardeners are being encouraged to plant this "weed," which I'm doing, too, to help bring back the Monarachs. Your neighbor can say he doesn't have a patch of weeds, but is growing a native garden:)

What a magical sight this must have been! Glad to hear Harry is doing a little better, and that you are getting some help.Take advantage of any offer of help that you can and take care, Maggie.

Gosia said...

So Maggie you have had an unexpected gift from you neighbour.

Gosia said...

So Maggie you have had an unexpected gift from you neighbour.

Gosia said...

So Maggie you have had an unexpected gift from you neighbour.

Gosia said...

So Maggie you have had an unexpected gift from you neighbour.

Celia said...

An amazing and unexpected gift; butterflys have become uncommon here too.

Sending prayers your way for you and Harry.

rosaria williams said...

Oh what a beautiful sight it must have been!

Dimple said...

That's a "lemonade from lemons" story, Maggie. Beautiful, too!

I'm glad life is settling down for you. Routines are good!

Blessings~

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Unexpected gifts are the best gifts indeed. They bring smiles to the soul :-)

Shammickite said...

The Peacock butterfly is so lovely, I remember them from my childhood in England. But I never knew they liked thistles! they must be the only creatures that do.

Jackie said...

Butterflies are so beautiful, to me.
I'm glad that you got to see so many at once.
Happy to read that Harry is a bit stronger than he was when he came out of the hospital. I send you both my love.
Always,
Jackie

Wisewebwoman said...

Funny how we classify "weeds" isn't it. I wonder where it started.

Ah the butterflies, they have excellent taste.

Glad to hear Harry is stronger.

XO
WWW

Eddie Bluelights said...

Lovely Flutterbies as they used to be called.

Glad Harry is a bit stronger ~Love Eddie x

Suldog said...

I wish I could get flocks of butterflies to graze in my (pitiful) garden. Love them.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Good things from bad, enjoying the little things in life - both lovely, hopeful posts.

Akelamalu said...

Well the butterflies are a bonus but extra weeding for you is not so good. Glad to hear Harry is feeling stronger, I hope you're taking care of yourself too Maggie. xx