Garden Robin

Garden Robin

Monday, 4 May 2015

Red Campion

Last year I was given some wildflower seed balls which I planted in pots. Although a lot of plants came up only the forget-me-nots flowered. I've left the pots to see what happens this year and already Red Campion (Silene dioica) is starting to flower.

The campion in pots is well ahead of the campion in the wildflower meadow where only the leaves are showing among Cowslips (Primula veris)

Another Emperor Moth has emerged from its cocoon this afternoon and this one seems perfectly formed and can fly which is a relief after the first one emerged with crumpled wings that never expanded. Hopefully, a photo soon - have taken a couple but they are pretty poor so will try again tomorrow before I take it to be released at a site locally where there is a resident colony.


  1. Nice to see the Campion, one of my personal favourite wildflowers, as well as the Cowslips. It seems to me that Cowslips are having an equally good year as the Primroses did earlier in the spring.

    Hope all goes well with the Emperor Moth :-)

    Kindest regards and best wishes to all :-)

    1. Thanks David - would agree that campion is rather special :) It does seem to have been a good primrose and cowslip year - when we went to Oxford the other week banks of the M40 were full of cowslips :)

      Thanks for good wishes re: Emperor Moth - am debating how to try and get a better photo without it escaping as I am not sure how lively it will be!

      Best wishes to you and your family :)