I was admiring the lovely streaks of rust-coloured bark in the Eucalypt(?) trees at the top of my road yesterday when I suddenly spied some movement.
I realised the enemy, HARLEQUIN BUGS (Dindymus versicolor), were in the start of mating season and if I wanted to have any semblance of a Spring Garden I’d really have to take more serious action this year and stop admiring their colourful backs.
Not only did they eat just about every leaf in my balcony garden, they even ate every single Sage leaf – all 100 to 120 or more. The pungent leaves of Sage are meant to deter pests, not attract them. Sage was the only one of my herbs to not recover this past winter and I’ve thrown it out. I’ve also thrown the enormous Rosemary bush out. It was potbound and had been cut in half twice with the gusty winds, so I’ve decided to replace it with a more prostrate variety. Rosemary flowers were also on the Harlequin Bugs dinner menu to my surprise.
These bugs must be very hardy indeed.
Kate at Achievable Gardens had some good advice.
I’ve already posted this shot of my Pink Argyranthemum last week, but it was more the interest in photographing a small insect with my 17-50mm lens, than acknowledgement of the savage pest onslaught to come in the near future.
Today and tomorrow are going to be superb Spring days so I’ll be taking the opportunity to plan something new. A couple of weeks ago I found the heavier potted plants TOO heavy for my fragile back and hip pain, so a redesign is necessary (and if I’m honest, keeps me amused).
I’m just getting over another virus (the 2nd this year) at the moment, so I don’t feel up to going too far afield. I don’t normally catch flu type viruses and this year has been highly unusual. But then I rarely mix with the Homo Sapiens in the area, preferring Flora and Fauna for company, so it was probably last Tuesday’s lengthy foray in the nearby Shopping centre, with its 500+ stores, that caused me to come in contact with Human bugs.
Or maybe I’m just getting old. 😯
I often wish I lived in the country with just four-legged friends for Company………. maybe in my next life 🙂