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Another month of almost unbroken sunshine has given those of us at home the opportunity to spend more time outside and to observe which butterflies are visiting SE7 gardens. Some but not all have lingered long enough to be photographed. The results are summarised here.
Holly blues are the most widespread and frequent Charlton visitors, seen in Bramshot, Elliscombe and Eastcombe Avenues and Troughton Rd.
Peacocks continued to visit these same roads in April and the start of May but haven’t been seen recently and there have been no further reports of Speckled Woods.
Orange tips and Red Admirals and have continued to restrict their range to Troughton Rd – once again our butterfly hotspot. 
Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells and Whites have visited Eastcombe Ave and Troughton Rd and Commas have also been seen as well as photographed there.
The tiny mint moth has been seen frequently in Eastcombe Ave – chiefly on oregano – and the caterpillar of the lesser yellow underwing moth was also seen there.
The Bowles’s Mauve in a Troughton Rd garden is reported as being very attractive to the butterflies as well as bees, so it seems well worth considering adding to a garden in order to attract more butterflies.
Thank you for continuing to update us – and – where possible – to send photographs. It is exciting to see that we have such a wide range so close to home. 
Please continue to let us know what you see and we will update our records in June.


Our Plant sale on 21st of May was spectacularly successful. Thank you everyone who bought plants from us. We hope that they grow well. We would love to see pictures of your plants. Please send them as an email attachment to Charltoncommunitygardens@gmail.com.

After our second sale, we will announce how much money we made, and will put up some photos.

We do hope that you are able to buy what you want.

We are going ahead with our spring plant sale as we hoped. However we will NOT be at the station. Instead, members of our group, who have grown plants at their homes, will sell their surplus. All proceeds will go to help maintain Charlton Community Gardens.

We are relying on buyers to keep a responsible and safe social distance outside the various houses. Please also bear in mind that some of our growers have done all the growing and setting up on their own. Any cash payments will go into collecting boxes or buckets. We cannot give change. You are also able to pay for plants you have taken via Justgiving – Charlton Community Gardens please, when making your donation, leave a message giving us a rough idea of how many plants you have had.

I hope that you are able to get plants that you want. We all look forward to seeing you. Enjoy your local exercise via the route detailed below.