Gardens - a hiddentreasure trove

2016-05-18 06:00

WHEN looking at a garden most people are impressed by bright flowers and stately trees, but never look beyond to observe and appreciate the wonders that lie in hidden recesses or aloft. In an inspiring presentation to a well-attended meeting of Umvoti Garden Club members and guests last Tuesday, local butterfly and moth expert, Kevin Cockburn, encouraged gardeners to “view gardens with new eyes” to become aware of the abundance­ of fascinating and beautiful­ creatures that share our gardens.
The subject of butterflies and moths is intriguing with the enchanting­ metamorphosis from voraciously feeding, spiny larva to beautiful, airborne, winged adult appearing almost magical.
Kevin’s passion for his subject, combined with his artistic bent and patient hours spent photographing butterflies and moths through their entire life cycle, provided a visual feast to support his vast knowledge of these interesting creatures.

The extensive subject of lepidoptera is such that some people spend a lifetime studying these creatures, their habits and their specific needs for survival.
However, in the limited time available­ for his presentation, Kevin managed to open a window into this fascinating world, offering a tantalising­ view of a far greater subject.
He encouraged all who attended the meeting to become more aware of the various butterflies and moths, to encourage their presence by providing suitable food plants and avoid the use of toxic insecticides.

With the approach of winter the garden chores of planting, mowing and weeding slow down giving gardeners time to reflect and plan for the new season.
Why not spend time planning the inclusion of specific butterfly larval host plants or adult food plants into your spring planting programme.

- J. Cowie.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.