Video footage of a peacock butterfly.
Today, to the botanical garden.
On my way, a herring gull and jackdaw eating leftover human food.
Near the canal inside the garden, a grey heron.
However, a species with flowers smaller than Victoria amazonica, but bigger than the European water-lily, has a white flower now.
In the canal outside, European water lilies flowering.
Pondskaters in the brook.
Since 2005, the systemic garden has been changed.
Many plants species which look like being related, are not, in fact.
Recently, there came a new sign in the plant bed furthest away from the entrance in the systemic garden.
It is about “doubles”; plants which look like being related (maybe by convergent evolution etc.) but are not.
The sign has dead-nettles and stinging nettles as examples.
Stinging-nettles are important for the caterpillars of many butterfly species.
Red admiral caterpillars eat only the stinging nettle Urtica dioica and its smaller relative, the small nettle.
Best known is white dead-nettle.
Like stinging-nettles, they like “rich” soil.
The US myth of ‘unmanliness’ of flowers: here.
- Nettles (equineherbalist.wordpress.com)
- Salad Less Plastic: Nettles (trashbackwards.com)
- the one herb i’d never be without. (truebeautyalways.com)
- More winter sowing (missinghenrymitchell.com)
- February Flowers (worldofblyton.wordpress.com)
- Spring Nettle Pesto with Roasted Yams (inpursuitofmore.com)
- Nettle Eating (misterdavid.typepad.com)