Today’s plant preferences

Flavour of the Day today was definitely the Buddleia davidii ‘White Mrs Keep’ that has been growing in a half barrel for several years now. It has an enormous profusion of flowers, and bees, hoverflies and butterflies seem to flock around it all day long. I did notice a male Gatekeeper butterfly spending an inordinate amount of time gorging on the Origanum, and the nepeta was popular again, as was the verbena, but the buddleia was way out in front.
I’m not sure if it’s terribly good arboricultural practice, but we did a bit of crown lifting on an enormous horse chestnut tree today. Underneath it there are some Michaelmas daisies and some sedum, so the extra light should help them to produce more flowers to feed the bees later on in the year.

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