Yesterday I saw a Comma in the garden – the first of this year. Do hope there’ll be more. It’s ragged wing edges are so obvious it’s an easy one to spot. The wing undersides are brown with a white mark shaped like a comma – hence its name. It was on a Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) – telling me what more of my work must be today! While I’ll keep some nettles for the Commas I need less in the garden as they’re strangling other plants. The Comma also uses Hop (Humulus lupulus), elms (Ulmus spp.), currants (Ribes spp.), and Willows (Salix spp) – I’ve got willow and currants in the garden, and a special place for the nettles :-), so they’ll do all right.
July is a great time to sit outside and enjoy the rewards of your gardening efforts.
Many plants will be in full bloom, providing a feast for the eyes as well as a nectar buffet for butterflies and other beneficial insects.
It is now you will start to notice how successful certain plants are at attracting different species. Make a note of the most popular to inform future planting decisions.
Don’t forget to dead-head fading blooms to keep your flowers and the butterflies coming back throughout the season.