Happiness is a Butterfly.


Leslie wrote such wonderful, witty blogs for our website – I hope I can do her justice.

I have been taking part in the Big Butterfly Count which has been running from Friday 16th July to Sunday 8th August 2021.

All I needed to do was to spend fifteen minutes counting the maximum number of species I could see in the garden at a single time. I got to seven enjoying our buddleias outside our walled garden – including Peacock, Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Orange Tip, Large White and Gatekeeper.

I am fascinated by their beauty, delicacy and energy. The Butterfly Conservation Charity that runs the Big Butterfly Count says last year a record 145,000 counts were submitted but shockingly 2020 saw the lowest number of butterflies recorded since the event began twelve years ago.

Happiness is a Butterfly

If we all encourage butterflies into our gardens by growing plants to attract them such as buddleias, lavender, marjoram, sedums, hebes and verbena bonariensis – what a difference we would make. Observing these captivating creatures is seriously addictive. I love to wonder at how beautiful their wings are, and how graceful their flight.

As William Wordsworth wrote in his poem “To A Butterfly” (1801)

I’ve watched you now a full half-hour
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed
How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! And then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees
And calls you forth again.