Pleasing Patterns

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The other day I noticed the tips of the apple tree boughs were encrusted with greenfly. I was going to treat them to a soap and water spray, but then forgot. The next time I looked the ants and ladybirds had moved in on the job and the greenfly invasion was much diminished. This ladybird is obviously havingย  some R and R in the nearby zinnias. Always good for a smile โ€“ ladybirds.

33 thoughts on “Pleasing Patterns

      1. Moses is most famous in our country for his instructions to use the ashes of a red cow to eliminate spiritual uncleanliness. Since no explanation are given, we accept the idea without really understanding it.

  1. I have only seen one ladybird this year and not in my garden where he/she would be very welcome as I have aphids on my sweet peas! Never seen that before. Didn’t see a single one last year. What has happened to our ladybirds?

    1. I have quite a few in the garden and at the allotment, though they didn’t find the aphids on my sweet peas. I had to cut them (sweet peas) down to 18 inches as they were such a wreck, and they have recovered somewhat, though are still flowering and seeding almost simultaneously. As to your lack of ladybirds, that is a mystery.

      1. I pulled some of my sweet peas out as they were pretty much all brown, though still some flowering. My white ones went in late as I sowed them myself and they aren’t doing too badly except for the aphids, which means I can’t cut them for indoors.

    1. To my very great surprise, I found a ladybird in my kitchen about 2 minutes prior to reading this post! I put it (the ladybird, not the kitchen!) outside. I hope it thrives and I see many more ladybirds this year. Perhaps I better plant some zinnias to attract them.

      1. Zinnias are amazing things. (I’m not quite sure they are JUST plants). Bees and butterflies seem to love them, and the flowers go through so many transformations albeit a touch surreally.

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