Friday, 5 July 2013
I was in Kensington Gardens this sunny lunchtime, where a substantial patch of lawn near the Palace has been left to revert to flower meadow (or it might have had a helping hand, it's hard to tell). It's a beautiful sight just now, with tall grasses in flower, a rich ground cover of clover and bird's foot trefoil, and a spangling of dog daisies - on one of which, feeding, sat a Painted Lady, my first of the year! A fine fresh specimen it was too. Seeing it brought back memories of the prodigious Painted Lady Summer of 2009... Suddenly my butterfly year is looking up.