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Bug Day

Is there a ‘Garden Bloggers Bug Day’? Just kidding, I couldn’t actually cope with another ‘gardening meme‘ – there are so many great ones and simply not enough time to join in with all of them, but as I always seem to be posting about bugs and know of at least two other bloggers that do it too, it got me wondering whether it’s just the few of us that are so fascinated by the bugs we encounter in the garden or are there more of us out there? If anyone did start one I’d certainly have plenty of material to contribute. Sometimes I seem to have more bugs than blooms 🙂

Look who’s back! I could cry!

Mole damage, Again!

Then we have a good guy … I love photographing them especially when I see them on lovely blooms

Lovely bees all over the blooms

And then this one looks ordinary enough and I leave them be even though they cause lots of damage to foliage. At this time of year it hardly seems to matter because everything is going to be getting a jolly good cut back one of these days. So I just let them eat!


I read somewhere that these markings are supposed to scare predators into thinking they are big and scary … I think they are remarkable (and kinda scary)!

Caterpillar "face"I suspect the caterpillar will morph into this …

Big moth

And then look who’s eating whom!


I don’t have any gloriously exotic bugs to show. But hey, they’re mine!

Who’s been eating your garden lately?


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We have suffered through consistent wind for days now – this is the norm for this time of year in Cape Town – and I grow weary of it! I have no joy playing in the garden when the southeaster howls through the town. The wind has a nasty habit of bringing with it flies! I don’t know why! It seems to be a common thing here in Philly! It doesn’t make weather pattern sense – but thats what the townfolk say! The garden was looking parched, so I was out watering the garden this evening and I came across a few bugs and things. Look what the wind blew into my garden. Christine, you have some real beauties! Mine, I hope will match up to yours…

[one_half]My favourite little helper in the garden![/one_half]

[one_half_last]I don’t think that he is a good guy![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Look, I found a baby chameleon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Oh look, another one! His brother?[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A little garden spider – another helper![/one_half]

[one_half_last]This one looks hungry! A moth or a butterfly?[/one_half_last]

I’m glad there is a good mix of welcome vs nasty!

Happy Gardening xxxx

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A walk around the garden this morning to access what I need to do today after the heat of yesterday reveals plenty of work and evidence of the wildlife munching on my plants.

Here’s who was in my garden today … (Click to enlarge. Apologies for the quality of some of the photos – I’m still learning how to use the macro lens).

[one_half]Bug One[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bug Two[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Bug Three[/one_half]


[one_half]Ugg, whats that?[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Eating my Lilies[/one_half_last]

[one_half]A friendly fly[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Ok, he's welcome![/one_half_last]

I’m not keen to kill everything that is eating my plants. Aphids … those I have to zap (and white fly etc), the cutworms have to go and those that decimate my Lilies? Sorry guys, not on my turf!

But beetles and caterpillars? I think they all serve a purpose in the garden so i’m leaving them be. I hope they enjoyed the lunch!