At Lydden Down nature reserve I laid down beside a clump of marjoram, on a bed of lady's bedstraw and breathed in the scents of the herbs. The clump was covered in butterflies, burnet moths, bees and hoverflies, and being Lydden in August the majority were chalkhill blues.
No prizes for guessing the next most frequent species, but it was good to see a small tortoiseshell,
while one clouded yellow was seen dashing across the down (I didn't chase) and the first of two silver-spotted skippers came to nectar.
The top track provided different plants and insects, including an almost white sprig of marjoram beside a dark red one.
On some of the north-facing hillsides were thousands of young stems of devil's-bit scabious, which will be well worth a visit later in the season.
And speaking of later in the season, near the entrance to the reserve were a few early spikes of autumn gentian.