I have spent several years trying to create a garden with planting that not only looks good, but also provides the right environment, (or so I thought), for our natural friends.
This year I have seen several types of bees in large numbers alongside many other different types of beneficial, and not so beneficial, insects. However, I haven't seen any ladybirds. None!
This is a creature that I actively look out for and I honestly haven't seen any at all in my garden. Last year they were around in large numbers and were very easy to spot. This year, nothing, absolutely nothing at all.
Is anybody else out there having a similar experience? Can anybody tell me what is happening?