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Talkback: Birds and beetles

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:09
Never had a shortage of beetles. I find them around the areas where I have laid loose bricks and thickish branches as edging. I don't over tidy my garden as i want my garden to be as insect friendly as possible. Its a pity the beetles do not have the sense to avoid my pond edge.

Talkback: Small tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 20:38
This year, after a few years without many butterflies, they have returned to my garden. The usual common types + quite a few small tortoise shells and what I thought was a white admiral near the honeysuckle, it was moving fast.
What I was puzzled about was the dearth of hoverflies, cardinal beetles and wide range of flying insects, that we are usually awash with. The same plants grew as usual. I can only surmise that the few days of icy winds that killed some of my plants may have done for hibernating insects. Swings and roundabouts !

growing wildflowers for bees and butterflies

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:20

As regards comfrey, I have grown this for years and it is the first plant to flower in abundance and looks stunning. The bees are all over it early in the year. I have found it easy to remove selected plants by pulling or lifting with a garden tool when it has finished flowering. It makes a very good liquid fertiliser. Black bag with small hole in base. Place in container with weight on top. Job done.  

 

caterpillars

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,

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:34

On this weeks Gardeners world, 26 07 13, we were informed that readers had written in about "Disgusting maggots". I think the writers in question should have been advised with strong emphasis that these would eventually become Hoverflies. These are commonly known as drone flies and like all hoverflies are beneficial to the gardener. How many have been fished out and discarded by Monty Don and others ?  I dont know what he did with the maggots  but if he somehow rescued them, then he has redeemed himself. Perhaps he should consult Chris Packham before the programme is made. To me, the insects that inhabit my garden are as interesting as my plants. I make the effort to learn about them. With the availability of information via the internet, if you have it, it is so easy.  

Disgusting maggots

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 21:10

On this weeks Gardeners world we were informed that readers had written in about "Disgusting maggots". I think the writers in question should have been advised with strong emphasis that these would eventually become Hoverflies. These are commonly known as drone flies and like all hoverflies are beneficial to the gardener. How many have been fished out and discarded. To me, the insects that inhabit my garden are as interesting as my plants. I make the effort to learn about them. With the availability of information via the internet, if you have it, it is so easy.  

 

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Talkback: Birds and beetles

Never had a shortage of beetles. I find them around the areas where I have laid loose bricks and thickish branches as edging. I don't over t... 
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Last Post: 11/10/2013 at 21:09

The other side of Monty Don.

Lost for words. For a while ! 
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Disgusting maggots

Good gardening is not just about plants. 
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