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How many butterflies could you name?

Who loves it when they spot a Butterfly? One of nature’s most gorgeous creatures. Whilst most prefer to sit back and watch them fly around, others sadly make it their hobby to capture Butterflies and make them part of their collection. If you want to see Butterflies in your own backyard, you will want to take a look at this. Butterfly spotting is perfect for retirees who want to experience nature more; although if your garden isn’t big enough and doesn’t have flowers – it’s not very likely you will attract any butterflies at all. If you are planning on relocating for your retirement, why not check out Park Homes Wiltshire? Stunning retirement properties for the over 50’s; they are located in rural areas with plenty of plants and flowers to attract Butterflies – you can find out more here at http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/blunsdon-abbey-park-homes-swindon-wiltshire/. 

The Green Hairstreak 

With a wingspan of 2.7-3.4cm, these are one of the smaller Butterfly species. The wings of a Green Hairstreak are completely green apart from the edges, which have a brownish, greyish colour. They spend most of their time perched on plants, as they are then easily camouflaged from predators. It will feast on a variety of plants such as Gorse and Broom. These gorgeous Butterflies are more commonly seen between the months of April – June.

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The Red Admiral 

This Butterfly can typically be seen in the months of January – December, so is one of the more common Butterfly species. They are much bigger, with a wingspan of 6.4-7.8cm, and they have a black body, as well as black wingtips, but also have splashes of red and white on them. Black spots can also be seen on the tips of their bottom wings. Red Admirals can typically be seen all around the UK. 

The Peacock Butterfly 

There is a reason that this Butterfly is called ‘The Peacock’, and that is because of its bright colours, and eye-catching patterns on its wings. It’s wingspan measures to an astonishing 6.3-7.5cm – so you will certainly not miss this one. The Peacock Butterfly can be seen between the months of January to December, but is more commonly seen around March-May time, and then again in the July – September months. The Peacock Butterfly feeds on buddleia and other typical garden flowers.

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The Swallowtail Butterfly 

This Butterfly is mostly yellow and black but also has hints of blue shades, and it also has a dot of orange on its back. It has been given the name ‘Swallowtail Butterfly’, as its bottom wings resemble the tail of a Swallow bird. Although this butterfly is rarer than other species, it is more commonly seen between the months of May – July. The Swallowtail has a wingspan of 7.6-9.3cm, making them one of the larger butterfly species.

The Great white tree of Gondor.

Sat up high near the throne of the King sits the White tree of Gondor. Used on all of the army’s flags and symbols the tree was prominent. It grew from a seedling of Nimloth, the tree that was created to give light to Middle Earth. This white tree was to be burned by Sauron in the old human realm of Numenor but a seedling was saved by Isildur himself and taken to the newly created realm of Gondor after the old kingdom was consumed by the waves.

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The tree grew in Minas Tirith until the then King and his line was ended by a plague. The tree began to wither and decay to the point where not even the Tree Surgeon Poole based professional https://kieranboylandtreeservices.com/ could hope to save it.

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However this was not the end and it endured in the hope the King would come again. This he duly does in the shape of Aragorn who,with the help of the Wizard Gandalf finds another sapling that grows into a new white tree. The old one is placed in the Tomb of the Kings with great honour.

The fascinating world of trees.

Trees are paramount to our very existence as they not only provide oxygen that we need to breath but also help to remove other impurities from the air and provide building materials for us to use. But, their world is so much more fascinating than that.

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  • Trees communicate with one another using a secret underground network of fungi. Scientists have discovered that this fungi connects a group of trees together and communicates both information and resources to one another with a ‘mother’ tree being at the centre of this network. It also acts like a neighbourhood watch scheme in that the fungi warns nearby trees of the pests that may be attacking trees within its neighbourhood.
  • Trees do not die of old age. It is environmental factors, disease and pests that cause the trees to die. If you have a tree that has been affected by adverse weather or attack from pests you should consult with a Tree Surgeon Bournemouth way to have your tree cared for.

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  • Only 12% of the UK is woodland which is a small percentage when you compare it to the 32% in Germany, 37% in France and 72% in Finland. This of course is often due to the societal structures within each country.

How to Get Rid of Those Garden Weeds

You may be a bit bored at home and twiddling your thumbs right now, but there is one thing that you can attend to – your garden!    If you have spent the last two weeks frantically cleaning your house, or have even had some help from Leicester Cleaning Company Ace Cleaning Company now it is your gardens turn to benefit from a bit of spring cleaning!

Weeds are the scourge of the garden and every gardener from amateur to professional has an ongoing battle with the humble weed! It is best to get on top of them as soon as you can as they can quickly become unruly and over run the garden.

There are some things to do to prevent weeds from being able to grow in the first place – for example, many allotment owners will cover the bare earth with an old piece of carpet to stop weeds germinating there.

If that ship has sailed and you have already got an abundant weed population in your garden here are a few tips for getting rid of them

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For weeds growing on paths and between the cracks in paving, you can buy a special tool to use to get rid of them or use a knife to run along and pull them out. If you have a large area to cover, consider using a flame gun designed for this purpose.

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In spring or Autumn, you can use a weed and feed product to clear large areas of weeds. There are also special tools for pulling weeds form the lawn and chemicals that you can paint directly onto the lawn that will only affect the weed.

What are the plants that bloom in winter?

plants that bloom in winter

For those who like gardening, it is good to know that with the arrival of the cold does not end at the flowering of plants in different ways, but especially with various tricks, you can have a corner of the garden always in bloom.

Cyclamen

The cold months require a careful preservation of plants from climate changes, especially by unexpected frosts. The change of temperature also gives us colorful gardens, thanks to the presence of numerous plants, such as the cyclamen.

This common plant often embellishes balconies and flower beds. Its flowering varies depending on when the seeds were planted: in fact, cyclamen have been planted in the fall season can extend their flowering until winter. The thing to remember is not to be overlooked is that the cyclamen fears frost: for this reason it is preferable to place it in the house, away from the currents and the heaters too hot.

Besides the cyclamen, there are many other plants that bloom in winter, maybe less known but equally beautiful. Let’s see some. Read more

Balcony flowers: Daisies in pots, the advice to cultivate!

Daisies

Cultivate daisies in pots is very simple, and you have the advantage of having a balcony with flowers and cheerful with just a couple of pots!

Among the balcony flowers fact daisies they are undoubtedly among the most simple, but have the ability to immediately put joy!

The daisies in pots also a period of very broad flowering: bloom in late April to remain in bloom until September! Read more

Guide to the choice of roses

Guide-to-the-choice-of-roses

Choosing the right rose to put in the garden or at home, it requires certain considerations and assessments due to the high number of varieties and cultivars, different in shape, size, color and bloom.

Choosing the right rose to put in the garden or in the house requires some considerations and evaluations, because of the number of varieties and cultivars, different in shape, size, color and bloom. Read more

Poinsettia: 6 things to know to keep it from dying

Poinsettia

Symbol par excellence of the festivities, the Christmas star is one of the Christmas plant par excellence together with mistletoe: scenic, beautiful, red, to not let it die, it takes a few simple rules. Moreover, keep it flourished is not difficult and with few tips, you may have throughout the year your poinsettia home, as beautiful and ornamental plant. Here are 5 things to know to keep it from dying. Read more

You can be grown perennials in the garden or on the balcony

perennials

Cold temperatures are certainly not considered friends of the green thumb and are often the main cause of bare gardens, inanimate and lifeless. However, do not panic! You do not need to wait in fact the hot spring to again enjoy a vivid and colorful vegetation, as there are many plants that can withstand the cold winter temperatures and show themselves in all their splendor even in the coldest season of the year. These are called perennials.

What is a perennial plant?

Perennial plants are so named because of their ability to live beyond two years, thanks to a growth cycle that allows them to produce flowers and fruit all year long. In particular, it defines a perennial plant which is capable of replication in a constant manner during all seasons, maintaining its color unchanged even when it is at rest.

It should make it clear that we do not speak of “immortal plant” but of plants that enjoy a life much longer than those so-called “annual” or “biennial.” Perennial plants do not need special care; they are great for decorating gardens or balconies and are easily adapted to extremely cold temperatures, very hot and well to dry soils. Read more

Camelia Sasanqua: Winter Blooms

Camelia Sasanqua

The plants with blooms hibernates them are not many. Among the most beautiful and colorful blooms we can definitely put the queen of winter, that is, the Camelia Sasanqua. This challenge plant frost, giving a bloom from magenta intense color. If you want to give a touch of color to your garden, even in the cold winter months, choose this example, will be a pleasure for your eyes.

Knowing the Camelia Sasanqua

The Camelia Sasanqua belongs to the Theaceae family and is native of territory of China and Japan. It is an evergreen shrub that can be expanded or erect, much branched, with pale green and small leaves.

This particular specimen of Camelia is often remembered as Camellia Christmas; in fact we have already mentioned that this is exemplary with a bloom that occurs during the cold months, this fact takes place from autumn to continue until the month of March. The flowers can be very different both in form and number of petals, there is one variety rather wide. As for the longevity of this exemplary Camelia lives many years alternating exceptional blooms to more modest blooms. Read more

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