Saturday, November 12, 2011

Making Me Smile in the Garden

Almost no aphids left on the maple, the lady bird larvae are everywhere, I can't wait to see a mass of red and black spots. Apparently the larvae can eat up to 350 aphids before they become a beetle.  The kids and I have been watching the larvae multiply and prosper, some seem much bigger than a ladybird. So fun following the ladybug life cycle, we're on the lookout for pupa.

We have also been visiting this critter daily. He's big and easy to find, it's a wonder he hasn't been pecked off his perch but perhaps those hairs are a put off.
 I think this is a type of native bee, I'm always excited to find them in the garden.

 I love Blue Bells, this one is in our garden, and there are many in the bush around us.

more amazing facts about ladybirds here
 backyard buddies - get more enjoyment from our native plants and animals
Did you know there are over 500 species of ladybird in Australia?, or that yellow stuff you get on you when holding one is called "reflex blood', its smelly and designed to deter predators ewwww!
 hope this means lots of lemons
 Silverbeet giants
   mystery lupins, what colour will the be?
 Just gave this daisy a hard prune but there is still one in full bloom , they are a hive of activity.  
My eldest cooked dinner for me tonight, she even figured out what to make which is the bit I hate.  This meant I could begin to give the garden a big overhaul - much needed after all the spring growth. There's a weed party going on around here and I didn't send out any invitations.



  1. I need some of those ladybrid larvaes, strangely though Bunnings don't seem to stock them......I loved the little video - v. nice.

  2. Beautiful garden pics! Our garden is done for the year and we received our first dusting of snow last night... So nice to see some lush greenery...beautiful blog!

  3. Your photos are so lovely:)Aren't ladybirds incredible? I hardly ever treated the aphids on my roses because the ladybirds were so prolific and did a much better job than any garlic or dishing washing liquid spray! Easy too!

  4. your garden is looking lovely! that silverbeet is amazing!!

    kel x


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood

“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young