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Paul, ants don't eat plants but do feed off a sticky liquid that aphids exude when feeding off of the sap. Get rid of the aphids and the ants will have no reason to climb your plant.
Paul, if you tag your query onto the end of someone else's, people with expertise in ants will not know it's there.
Start your own thread by clicking on the "Create New Thread" near the top right of the page, title it appropriately and someone helpful will be more likely to see it and answer.
Oh Danny, it sounds like your garden shares the same joyful weeds as mine, with the exception that I (thankfully) don't have any horsetail, but it is a menace so I sympathise. Weird as it might sound, I find weeding ground elder extremely satisfying particularly in late spring when the ground is still open enough to pull the fibrous roots through. At least nettles can be useful for the pollinators!! Sadly I can't bring myself to feel the same about ivy which drives me nuts.
We have the same problem brought into our garden in 2011/12 in compost purchased from a garden centre. It is choking all the seedlings we plant. As if there wasn't enough weeding to do already!! Really annoying.
Elephant hawkmoth caterpillars eat willow herb. I think it depends on your garden and your tastes. I love to have the wildflowers and all the wildlife that goes with them. Some prefer something more controlled. Each to his/her own
One that visited me last year.
Hi David. Is that a selfie
In all the time I've been doing moth traps and seen numerous elephant hawkmoths I have never seen one of these in the garden
Can't stand cheeky kids!!
They're quite scary when you first see them.
Bit prettier than I'd have expected, TBH.
Many moons ago when I worked for MAFF (DEFRA now) 2 small boys brought an Elephant Hawk moth Caterpillar into our office as they thought it might be something nasty like Colerado beetle and were a bit disapointed when I said it wasn't.
I kept 'Hannibal' in a large jar, well fed on Rosebay Willow herb and eventually he morphed into the fantastic moth as per nutcutlets photo. I waited until his wings had dried out then released him into the offices grounds.
Chickweed is delicious... use it like spinach, steamed with butter and sprinkle of lemon juice, with scrambled eggs. If you have chickens/ducks, they love the stuff, so you may not have any left to go with the scrambled eggs...