Butterflies abroad

Going on holiday at any time of year is brilliant for many reasons but I do love to see what’s around in other gardens in other countries.  In warmer climates there is the advantage of being able to grow tender plants all year round and some of these can be excellent nectar and pollen providers.  This means there is an opportunity to see species of butterfly that rarely, if ever, visit these shores and it was wonderful to see clouded yellows, swallowtails and the enormous monarch butterfly as well as the more familiar red admiral and painted lady, a few of which I had left behind in Shropshire!  

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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