Archive : Bugs & Pests

Oct 29 2015 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous,

Bugs Galore

Bugs Galore 12

Springtime spender brings more than the beautiful flowers and great edibles!! It brings the hungry critters that devour those same Spring essentials! They must have all arrived on the same bus, because my garden is full of them!! A fruit beetle in the Tea Tree This fly is interesting – what is this?? He seems to be devouring a house fly!! It looks like he is a predator. Perhaps a good thing? [...]

Nov 22 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, | 14 comments

Bugs galore

10 Bugs galore 10

Not only is my garden overgrowing, the good, the bad and the ugly have also arrived! The bugs are having a party in the veggie patch and the rose bushes, but the army of ladybugs have taken control. I have left the aphids alone in the Artemesia – Powis Castle. I think it acts as a trap for them as they seem to do no harm to the bush. Within a week [...]

Nov 08 2012 by in Annuals, Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Perenniels, | 9 comments

Bugs alive

01 Bugs alive 07

I guess with the sunshine and the great goodies the garden has to offer, it is not surprizing that I will be seeing more and more critters taking advantage of the flowers! But, I have seen less bugs, so far, than last year. The ladybird beetle is back and she loves the celery and coriander bushes. Aphids are still my archrivals. They are in the roses, lemon tree, brassicas and now I [...]

Apr 26 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Perenniels, | 6 comments

Cleome attack

Cleomes 02

Oh No!! Something is chewing on my Cleome and I have lost one bush already! What can this be? Chris, I know that you lost your Impatiens to cutworm – could this be the same thing? I hope it is not that dreaded Stem Borer Beetle that is now attacking other plants in my garden. The Cleome is in a patch near the Fig and Guava tree. I will not spray any [...]

Apr 09 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 17 comments

Bug-date

an intsy wintsy white spider

It’s a bug-update post! Some are pretty, others not so much. But they are all fun to photograph. The white spider in the third photograph was hidden in an iceberg rose and I noticed him as I was cutting off the spent blooms last week. I let him disembark and he hopped onto the Heliotropium bloom where I thought he looked quite beautiful contrasted against the purple flowers. I’m scared of big [...]

Jan 28 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Bug-a-boo Zoo

04 New Bugs

I have had such weird and wonderful bugs coming into my garden lately that I had to do a special post on all the bugs I have met so far. Every time I step onto my back deck, I have to run and get my camera. It is as if they wait for me and pose. Thanks to a lot of our friends, we were able to identify all of them. Here [...]

Jan 24 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, Perenniels, | 11 comments

Heat of the Summer

Heat of Summer 08

The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so [...]

Jan 22 2012 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 10 comments

Gecko and his dinner

Gecko

I’ve been trying to get a few reasonable photographs of my Geckos to show on the blog. I have always had geckos, and this year there seem to be a lot more than usual around. My geckos only come out at night  – they are around during the day but tend to hide under rocks, behind walls and in pots and whatever else they can find to escape from the heat of [...]

Dec 12 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 11 comments

The latest Bug Parade

His buddy perched opposite

I thought I had plenty of bugs and slugs and creepy crawlies to show off with when I did this post and then, (were they feeling left out?) a whole new army of bugs moved in … I took myself off to the book store and came back armed with what I thought was a book about local bugs – alas, it was a British book (yes I know, I’m blonde and [...]

Nov 30 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 10 comments

Bug parade

Lots of these on the roses!

So with the summer weather also come the summer bugs. And there seems to be no shortage of bugs and creepy-crawlies in my garden. I had this grand idea that I would live and let live and that they would control each other. After this bug parade I’m having second thoughts. I’m not at the stage yet where I’m getting the sprayer out but I am hand picking some of them when [...]

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