Posts Tagged ‘Beneficial’

After The Rain

Well it has finally stopped raining! We’ve had some very heavy rain in the last week with a big storm on the Friday knocking out power in Gosford.

The rain has been good for most of the garden but has left me with some work to do in other areas e.g. mowing a very long lawn with about two weeks growth.

The photo below is some of the Comfrey flowers. This plant is being grown as a beneficial one – it attracts good insects, the leaves are good for compost/fertiliser tea and the roots go deep to bring up nutrients:

Comfrey Flowers

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Assassin Bug

Found this on the Dwarf Nectrine tree today. It was lurking within the foliage waiting for something to eat which it is bound to find as that tree is surrounded by volunteer plant foliage:

Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

This bug feeds on caterpillars, mirids, stink bugs, beetles and bees.

They stab their victims and inject a paralysing toxin that also pre-digests the prey’s internal organs. They then suck out the innards. Nice!

They are capable of piercing human skin so handle with care!

Beneficial plants

I’ve been growing some plants to bring good bugs to the garden and they are starting to flower.

This flower is Borage. This is planted with our strawberries as it is meant to be good for those plants as well as bringing good bugs to the garden as you can see in the second picture:

Borage Flower

Borage Flower

Borage with Goog Bug

Borage with Good Bug

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A welcome visitor to the garden

This butterfly was in the garden this evening:

Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

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