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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:
Looks like creeping buttercup (Ranunculus repens) to me, a very invasive perennial weed. Could be wrong though as I can't really see any stems. Can you lift one and show a whole plant, roots and all?