There'a a corner of my garden where the problems go: loveage which was suffering from leafminer (but isn't any longer) the Christmas tree which I didn't water when it was raining, not realising its branches were protecting the pot from water (but which is now recovering) (astonishing!) a lingy thing I was given but which struggles . . .
It's also the place where the food waste bin goes (we don't compost bones or anything cooked) (nor oats) and old poles. Clearly, our cats think there are thieves around with unconventional tastes for they have set up guard.
They are not the only creatures in the garden. Of course not.
There are, for a start, snails.
The pretty kind . . .
|Cepaea sp. juv|
(For these two pictures of a young Cepaea. sp,
I am grateful to my next door neighbour, Lucy Corrander.
Since this snail was in my garden when she took its photo (twice)
I asked if I could include it in this post. She said I could.)
and the ordinary kind.
|Common Garden Snail - Cornu aspersum|
Here comes a Velvet Mite
|I think this is a Trombidium - |
take a look at UK Safari to see if you agree. . .
and there's another picture here by Jörg Hempel
For all that these mites are common, I'd never noticed one before. If this is the right ID - these mites catch onto spiders, suck their blood, then drop off without having harmed the host. Somewhere, I found a picture of one attached to the leg of a Harvester but have not been able to re-track it. If I find it again, I'll add a link.
Meanwhile . . . petals have been falling.
This hoverfly is too late for pollinating the cowslips.
Nearly all the petals have fallen from the apple blossom too.
but leaves remain handy for flies to sit on in the sun. (SUN!) The blue of this one was stunning.
If you don't like cats and flies and snails, don't worry, flowers will get a look in soon. I'd been preparing a post about clover and mint but got carried away by creatures. Hope you've enjoyed them.