Six on Saturday 21/03/20

I’m going to be spending a lot of time in my garden from now on as my work came to a sudden halt on Monday. This should mean that with all this attention the garden will be a picture of luxurious perfection this year. However, I very much doubt that it will be. Well, let’s be honest, it won’t be but I will have time to sort some things out and to get a lot of those ‘one day’ jobs done. What I do know is that my garden will play a huge part in maintaining my sanity in the coming months.  The weather improved yesterday after two days of rain and I got some overdue pruning done.

1. I emptied one compost bin into an area of the garden last Sunday then turned the other two over and along. All three bins were full of Rose Capsid Bug larvae, right through the full depth of the bins. I found quite a lot of them in the compost last year but this year it’s a real infestation. I started collecting them in this large pot but, eventually, had to use a florists bucket. I stopped counting at 200! There were several dead adults in there as well. Has anyone else had this problem?

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2. On a much happier note Lamprocapnos spectabile has suddenly pushed through the ground.

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3. In this narrow border in front of Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ there are several good sized clumps of Snowdrops. These were planted beneath a Hackonechloa that is just emerging. 

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4. Muscari latifolium obviously enjoyed the heat last summer and have spread further than I would like. I’ll enjoy the flowers for now then perform a cull. Sorry, it was windy yesterday afternoon, hence out of focus picture.

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5. Unlike the Muscari, the Pieris didn’t enjoy last summers heat and drought and I was worried I would lose it. It’s not looking too bad but there aren’t a lot of flowers. Bees love them.

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6. My little patch of Fritillaria meleagris.

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It’s SPRING! The forecast for the next few days is for frosty nights and sunny days. Last autumn I went round the garden making a list of things to move/plant/get rid of/replace. I think I’ll make a start on it. Lots of time out in the sunshine.
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14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 21/03/20”

  1. Your lamprocapnos is slightly ahead of mine. Otherwise, these Rose Capsid Bug larvae are scary! I saw 2 of them 3 days ago, when I dismantled an old shed but not as much as you …
    Watch out for the next cold nights with frosts next week, because the young pink leaves of Pieris will burn. I lost them all last year but the plant has recovered I can assure you

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  2. Horrid bugs, they look like the ones I assumed were vine weevils last year. Maybe I was wrong. Were there tiny orange balls in there too? Those are the eggs I understand. Anyway, I prefer the picture you finished with – the fritillaria are such elegant plants.

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    1. These are huge compared to Vine Weevils and have legs at the front. I put some in the bird table but even the starlings wouldn’t touch them. Couldn’t leave them too long as they’re surprisingly mobile. And fairly disgusting

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  3. Those Rose Capsid Bug larvae are scary! I hope I don’t have any in my garden! But the fritillaries are nice. I planted 25 bulbs in a tiny patch of lawn last autumn. So far one is fully open but others are on their way. I hope they like it where they are and multiply.

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