Orange Tips for Totton! Would you like to be part of a growing group of people …

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Orange Tips for Totton!
Would you like to be part of a growing group of people who are helping wildlife just by keeping a few plants in their garden? If every garden in Totton had just a few extra plants in a quiet corner we could have these lovely butterflies in much greater numbers.

I’ve always been a bit of butterfly fan and the Orange Tip is an old favourite. They can live their whole life out on Jack by the Hedge, a plant that grows well in Totton and can provide food for adult butterfies and caterpillars of this pretty little creature. Keep a patch in dappled sunlight and it can provide nectar for adults who then lay their bright yellow eggs on the leaves. The caterpillars camouflage themselves as the green seed pods of the plant and eventually change colour to match as the seed pods turn brown.

It would only take a clump or two of this cheery green plant or even it’s cousin Honesty which they also enjoy, and we could have a host of butterflies! Can you keep a clump in a corner somewhere? It’s an enthusiastic plant but easy to pull up if it gets over zealous! If you need seed then let me know and I will be able to supply in a month or so.


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