I’ve been waxing lyrical lately about my honeysuckle plants that have all started blooming beautifully.
Unfortunately, I discovered a few bushes infested with aphids that were also enjoying the bounty!
I have a special solution I use on my roses that is kind to ladybirds, so I made up a fresh batch and sprayed away.
Now we wait and see!
For excellent horticultural information and advice you can check out my friend’s blog at The Naturarian. Many of you will remember her as MidWestern Plant Girl. She wrote a great post about aphids recently.
I was standing inside the lounge with the stoep door open and I held my arm outside with my trusty Canon to snap photos without the bird seeing me.
It was a little hit and miss, but I caught a few shots.
After a while, a female came to tell the male it was time to go home.
She was insistent! So the male took heed and flew off after her.
Though he was back again early in the morning – without her!
post script: If you’re wondering what the empty bottles are doing in the pool in the background, they act as a sort of pool cover to help prevent evaporation due to the wind. We still have water restrictions here in Cape Town, due to the drought, and are not allowed to top up a pool.
However, as I write this, there is no need; as a large storm front has just swept by and deposited a few centimetres of much needed rain. We channel rain water from the roof to the pool and unbelievably it has filled right up!