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Cabbages, wild plums and butterflies

We walked round a massive cabbage field yesterday,  accompanied by hundreds of cabbage white butterflies, as well as painted ladies, meadow browns and peacock butterflies!  Magical!
Back in February I photographed the blossom in the hedgerow on the north side of the field, which is now ripening into wild yellow plums.
Further along the hedgerow there were some wild cherry plums.  Very pretty, dainty little fruits.
Yesterday our post lady was telling me that on Tuesday she was standing watching, along with quite an audience clutching their phones andiPads, about 300 or more painted lady butterflies, dancing around an enormous lavender bush!  On our walk I saw quite a few, but not in those numbers!!
Meadow brown butterfly
Cabbage white butterfly
Peacock butterfly
In the distance, to the west, I could see the Iron Age Chesters Hill Fort.  It is just visible in the photograph below, flanked by trees on the skyline.
 On the way home, a field of poppies, including a few white poppies.  The peace poppy.


  1. Lucky you, I just read about the explosion of painted lady butterflies and it seems they are all in your part of the world. I love the fact you still have poppies in the fields, I remember seeing these on holiday in Yorkshire when I was little but you can't find any in Cornwall except for a special spot where the National Trust has planted a field of them. x

    1. A field of poppies is rather special! And I loved seeing the handful of white poppies in the midst of them all! It was all a happy magnet for the pollinators! A x


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