Not actually late, just somewhat later than planned. Welcome to my SoS. It starts with the good, then the bad followed by the ugly. Then a few pretty things bring up he rear.
1. I mentioned a few weeks back that there is a definite lack of ladybirds for the second year running. I was thinking about buying some larvae in (they’re expensive) but in the last few days I’ve seen a few of these around
I’m hoping that there are enough of these ‘goodies’ to tackle these ‘baddies’. I’ve been washing them off with the hose when I can.
Has anyone bought in ladybird larvae. Does it work and do they stay?
2. The aphids have caused lots of ‘ugly’ distorted foliage on all sorts of plants but I’ve noticed some other ugly leaves around the garden as well
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Autumn Spire’ – normally so healthy
Betula ‘Snow Queen’ –
and this Lonicera – this isn’t the aphid infested one above
Is it the weather having an adverse effect? It’s been exceptionally wet and very windy. Any suggestions/solutions gratefully received.
3. That’s enough negativity. The roses on ropes and posts in the front garden were glorious for a brief spell then got battered by the weather (sorry, more negativity). They are still making a valiant effort despite this Clematis doing its best to swamp ‘Graham Thomas’. The rain has certainly given it a boost.
While I was taking this picture I saw this May Bug inside a flower. I have uncovered dozens and dozens of the enormous larvae in my compost heaps so I’m surprised I haven’t seen more adults than I have. This one obviously overslept.
4. In the autumn of 2017 I planted out Canterbury Bells (Campanula medium apparently) that I had sown in July. The drought got some of them last year but the rest looked quite good. One plant didn’t flower but looked very healthy so I left it in. It’s turned into a bit of a Triffid (a good three feet high and as much across) and at the beginning of the week was smothered in flowers. A couple of days of heavy rain have sadly left their mark as the blooms filled with water and quickly turned brown. I’ve given the plant a bit of a primp for this weeks Six. There’s going to be quite a hole when the plant comes out.
5. I love the colour of Triteleia ‘Queen Fabiola’ but the foliage is so awful. It flops all over the place and I’ve been known to pull it off as the flowers open. It doesn’t seem to be too detrimental to the bulbs as they multiply like mad. As you can see, there’s a lot of competition!
6. Following a bit of a colour theme, this early flowering Aster comes back year after year. I’ve a pink one as well but it isn’t quite so robust. Looking at this picture reminds me that I’ve not done the lawn edges! Tomorrow.
It’s started to cool down a bit and has gone cloudy so I’m off to do the evening watering. I think I’ve finally finished planting up pots etc so tomorrow my aim is to get the watering system up and running, hopefully with a little help from the N-G.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and when you’ve done enough gardening relax by looking at the other gardens at