Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:06
My garden is designed for wild life and i get as much pleasure from learning about insect species and photographing them as i do from beautiful plants.
I have never had a problem with insect damaged plants apart from the inevitable snails/slugs versus hosta problem. I refuse to use slug pellets because the birds that nest in my hedging and ivy take care of a lot of them.
My eryngium had black aphids this year. They were being "cared for" by ants. Along came a couple of ladybirds and proceeded to munch through them, interrupted occasionally by the ants protecting the aphids. The large growth of eryngium doesnt appear to be suffering. That is natural gardening with added pleasure. Mentioning this to my Disney land style gardening neighbour (bedding plants and not an insect in site) I am offered some sprays, slug pellets and the added bonus of rat poison pellets. I have tried explaining but he is an elderly local who cant grasp it. In other ways he is very helpful so i dont push the point.
I believe that sterile wildlife unfriendly garden plants are part of the problem with diminishing wildlife. Note i said "part of". QVC have a lot to answer for.
If i had attracted more butterflies i would be so pleased.
Its a funny old world with funny old people so we have to make the best of it,