Last time I showed you what we made with our wild garlic harvest. Before we gathered the leaves though, we walked through the woods to see what else we could find.
We passed lots of patches of wild garlic as it grows in abundance in this particular wood. In this area the flowers were yet to open.
In sunnier areas though, the flowers were in full bloom. As I was taking the photo I realised there was something else enjoying them too.
A beautiful and vibrant peacock butterfly who posed quite happily in the sunshine as it helped itself to nectar. This wasn't the only butterfly we spotted that day as there were several fluttering around...
including this Comma....
..a Speckled Wood...
...and a Cabbage White. We also saw several Orange Tips but they didn't land long enough to photograph.
I've since found out that a particular favourite of orange-tip butterflies is this garlic mustard. Next time I'll have to try sitting by a patch and hope one stops by. However, as it took Amanda 5 years of trying to get a photo, I'd better take a picnic!
Just like in the other woods nearby, we came across several patches of wood-sorrel.
And a few red campion.
There were also a few forget-me-nots.
And some ribwort.
I followed a new path downwards and into a clearing and discovered a pond with lots of iris. I didn't even know it was there so I'll definitely be back to see what else appears over the months.
This ladybird was certainly enjoying the sunshine in the clearing.
Finally, these weren't in the woods but you can never have too many photos of ducklings!
Hope you're enjoying the long bank holiday weekend if you're in the UK and the slightly shorter one if you're elsewhere. x