pesky visitors

Some dismal surprises today on a flying visit to the huerto; pigeons have demolished my beautiful Golden Sweet mange tout, along with most of the chard, lettuces and much of the spinach. Asparagus beetles have been beetling away, and a swarm of blackfly taken up residence in the tender tops of the broad beans. Booooo!

However, a bit of fast squishing, pinching out, cloching and netting before the heavens opened has, I trust, provided some respite. And just time for a photo of the standard rose ‘Boscobel’ coming into flower, along with peony Sarah Bernhardt still holding onto bud but blooming imminent.

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… and a quick pick of coriander ‘Cruiser’ and spinach from the little bed that is also home to surprisingly easily germinated salsoli, catch crop radishes and some bolthardy beetroot.

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About Ruth Paris

Leadership & executive coach, based near Farnham, Surrey, UK. Love my garden and organic allotment / potager.
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5 Responses to pesky visitors

  1. philipparees says:

    Exactly how I feel about uninvited visitors! They only damage time and my state of mind. Boo for you.

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  2. Ruth Paris says:

    Haha, I suppose you could always squish or net them?! Or compost??

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  3. Sharon says:

    What a shame, they are such healthy plants. That is the upside – if protected from further attack, they should recover. Your rose bed looks full of promise, I can’t wait to see it in full bloom. What varieties do you have there? Can I ask is salsoli the same as salsola? None of mine would germinate at all…sigh.

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  4. Ruth Paris says:

    Thanks Sharon. Yes, I hope they will recover ok – you have to be optimistic! Roses looking good, yes. Not sure I remember all the varieties, but include Whiter Shade of Pale, Chandos Beauty, Tickled Pink and English Miss. Salsola, yes – I think I just got the name wrong. I was amazed it all seemed to came through very fast – I had sown thickly as the packet said it was hard to germinate! Beginner’s luck as this is the first time I’ve tried it. Wish I could say the same about parsnips and carrots which just have not germinated at all this year!! So I know the feeling!

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  5. Pigeons, pompous birds. They sweep into my apple trees and chase little birds into hiding. It’s the tiny birds that take care of insects. The roses are beautiful ☼

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