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Its been a while since I have had a chance to write and blog about my garden. Work has been taking up all of my time and before the sun sets, I dash out and take some photos or just play with the chickens in the garden (they always need supervision nowadays – no free run of the place!) This is the time I can really look closely at whats happening in my garden. I can really see the difference and September brought some strange growths – remember the fungus? – and the bugs have started to come out in full force. It is midge season – argh!!! They are small gnat-like flies that bite like the dickens! They come out as the sun is setting and jump all over you. Once they crawl under your sleeve they are more than likely looking for a bite! The chickens’ feather are full of them…I have to give the girls a real rub down to dislodge these critters…. they are worse than mosquitos!

But lets rather look at the interesting bugs in my garden, shall we?…….

[one_half]Shiny armour – not sure if friend or foe[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Looks like he is made of gold![/one_half_last]




Not a fly nor is it a bee ….any guesses?? A fly in bee’s clothing?? A bee in fly’s clothing ??


[one_half]Here’s the real bee! Not an imposter![/one_half]

[one_half_last]The bees love the blue flowers![/one_half_last]


[one_half]Butterflies everywhere![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Enjoying the sun’s rays![/one_half_last]

Whats bugging you in your garden?



By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

13 replies on “Bug-eyed”

Before I go to sleep at night
I walk around the garden with the dogs

Last night, I was on a specific mission ……
to find out what has been eating my spinach.
to my absolute horror there was a whole army of bugs
all scuttling around, trying to hide under the holey leaves
and …… and they were occupying my Basil too!!!!!
They are little grey spidery looking bugs
with fat little bodies like armour …. but they are small
with busy little antennae
most of them looked like they were fornicating too…..

I have and will never use a poison in my garden
as I feel nature will take care of its own
but really, my basil … spinach …… how can I protect them?
Where do these little horrors come from?
and what are they?

All chewed up!

Hi Alan! Yup – I love bug pics too! Will get some more garden-legged creatures for you! Oh – that flower is Sparaxis. I got the bulbs from Christine! I must say, I am enjoying more flowers in my garden now. I have just planted Irises.

Thanks Diana, I miss Christine too x I can’t wait for my roses ..nearly there.
Check out my new post. 🙂
By the way, I love your pic with the landrover almost 90 degrees – wow!
I love the Euphorbia. Christine gave me a white one – so delicate and pretty!

Oh that would be cool – a firefly! I haven’t seen one in years ! I remember as a child in the USA it was a night adventure to catch fireflies in the summer 🙂

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