Autumn in Beth Chatto's Garden

We had a lovely walk in the Beth Chatto Garden yesterday, filled with seasonal tints, dewdrops shimmering on leaves and cobwebs, the few remaining flowers and fruits, butterflies and other insects...

Most excitingly, we found a fly feeding on Geranium. It looked like a hoverfly, but wasn't quite right. Jude tracked it down as Stomorhina lunata, a migrant blowfly from Africa where it parasitises locust eggs. Although seen more frequently in Britain in recent years, this is only the 3rd Essex record, having previously been found in Canewdon in 1989 and Rainham in 2015. Check out its stripy eyes!


  • We are so lucky to have Beth Chatto on our doorstep. Although it seems quite pricey to visit the gardens (although the gravel garden, shop and great cafe are free). But being a 'friend' is really good value. £22 for a year of unlimited visits to the gardens, plus various extras including a free tea or coffee every time you get food in the cafe and 10%off plant sales. 
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