There are also plants for the butterflies' caterpillars that we can grow in our gardens and they include bird''s foot trefoil , common and sheep sorrel, cuckoo flower
, garlic mustard, holly, ivy, honesty, hops, nasturtiums, native grasses, stinging nettles and thistles so the weeds are useful too
Their foodplants are crucifers such as cuckoo flower
, Jackby-the-hedge, honesty and Dame's violet.
We are very lucky, in this area, that the wet patches in our rolling farmscape encourage the cuckoo flower
to thrive and this is one of the main food plants for the orange tip.
The farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much of it is designated as of special scientific interest for its species rich grassland, including such rare plants as globe flower, melancholy thistle, cuckoo flower
and the very rare Teesdale gentian, and its upland birds such as black grouse, lapwing, snipe, redshank and yellow wagtail.
is already in bloom in Prescot and Jim counted 128 cowslips at Worthington Lakes, Standish, where dipper can still be seen.
Lady's Smock: Also known as Cuckoo Flower
, this is an important food plant of the caterpillar of the orange tip butterfly.
White dead nettle, green alkanet and even star of Bethlehem are now blooming, but I could only find one cuckoo flower
in flower on Sunday.
The farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and much of it is designated as of special scientific interest for its species-rich grassland, including such rare plants as Globe Flower, Melancholy Thistle, Cuckoo Flower
and the very rare Teesdale Gentian, and its upland birds such as Black Grouse, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank and Yellow Wagtail.
& Cuckoo Spit Otherwise known as Ladies Smock, the cuckoo flower
is said to flower when the cuckoo arrives.