Just had to post this picture. I spent some time in the sunshine tidying away the tomatoes this afternoon-they really have finished now, poor things. I hope next year will be a better one for tomatoes and all the other heat loving vegetables I am so fond of. I had finished shaking the compost over the vegetable garden and disposing of the plants in the bin-not composting these as they had blight-and had gone indoors to find a bowl for the fruit I had removed.
As I walked past the asters, I spotted this perfect butterfly, also enjoying the warmth. It is a comma, Polygonia c-album, so called because of a white mark on the underwing which looks a bit like a comma, but which you cannot see in this picture. It was a lovely shade of copper orange, and clashed beautifully with the lilac pink of the asters. Gorgeous.