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Brassicas and Butterflies

Brassicas and Butterflies

A wet weekend was forecast, punctuated with thundery showers, and indeed Saturday saw a few squalls pass through, so when I slipped into the garden after breakfast on Sunday it was with the anticipation of soon being driven into the greenhouse by rain. Advertisements

All White Now

All White Now

For the past couple of springs, we have been fascinated by the appearance of large webs in the hedgerows around us as the surrounding hedge bursts into leaf.

Lament to the Larch

Lament to the Larch

The spread of phytophthora ramorum through our trees – and the resulting devastation – is not news; but today’s story really stopped me in my tracks. All those millions of trees; so close to home, trees that form a vital part of the landscape … gone. I hope that our dramatic counterattack nationwide is successful … Continue reading

The Good Fight

This summer, it quickly became apparent that the netting over our cabbages and cauliflowers was no match for the cabbage whites.

Hop off

Hop off

I am relatively relaxed about the appearance of ‘cuckoo spit’ on the plants in the garden. This froth is created by the froghopper from the plant’s sap, to protect the nymph during growth and retain moisure. It is relatively harmless unless it occurs on the growth tip of the plant, where sucking the sap can … Continue reading

Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

I spotted (if you’ll pardon the pun) these two ladybirds travelling along the flowers on our maincrop potatoes one evening this week. Are these our native British species, or the invasive harlequin ladybird? I think that the patterning on the spotted ladybird strongly indicates that we have intruders in our garden. I have sent a … Continue reading

Furry Friends

Furry Friends

We found two visitors to our autumn raspberries today. The first is a very formidable looking fellow. With a bit of help from google, I have identified this as a vapourer moth caterpillar – the adult moth is much plainer than this spectacular creature. Apparently, the hairs can cause a skin reaction on contact so … Continue reading