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Funnily enough I've spent most of today digging up a stand of Kerria japonica. It grows from horizontal roots which occasionally send up a stem. It wasn't particularly deep rooted but the roots were quite brittle, so often broke while pulling them out. I loosened the soil all over the area with a fork and then pulled the roots out. I then dug the area over and removed all of the bits I had missed. I'll be treating any shoots which come up in the future with glyphosate weedkiller which should finish it off.
Hi all, just spotted the first Red Lily Beetles in my garden, on Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum.)
Duly caught and squashed!
Thanks NM. I've been treated to pairs of Peacock butterflies mating this afternoon. They fly in a tight circle around each other and shoot upwards together like that to what I estimate to be about 60-100 feet - wish I had a good video camera!
Tortoiseshell (couldn't get very close to this one):
Peacock feeding on forget-me-not:
Hopefully, all will zoom ok when clicked.
Cucumbers germinate quickly - I started mine last weekend in a heated propagator and they germinated in 3 days. One seed in each 3" pot, covered with a plastic bag and put on a sunny windowsill is equally good. Many garden centres will have them for sale as plants now, too.
Just seen a Brimstone here. One or two either Red admiral or Peacock - they shot off before I could get close enough, but keeping my camera handy today.
Tomato, sweet pepper, chili, aubergine, cucumber are the most common. If you like chili, you could grow several types.
Primorose, could it be trifolium repens atropurpureum?
Have a look here Ryan: