Spotted this awesome caterpillar today – apparently the larva of an elephant hawk moth.
Wildlife in the garden, both the welcome visitors like ladybirds, bees and butterflies, as well as the garden pests like slugs and snails.
Tips on attracting the friendly wildlife to your garden and ways to protect your precious plants from the pesky pests.
Sedum flowers are the bees must-have food at the moment! The flowers are not even fully out and the bees are crawling all over them. Sedums are a wonderful plant to have in the garden, as they have so much to offer for three quarters of the year. The young lush shoots in the spring, the beautiful flowers, followed by the seed heads which look superb covered in frost.
This is Echium vulgare or Viper’s Bugloss, a wildflower I grow in my garden because the bees and other insects just love the gorgeous blue flowers! It flowers for ages and self seeds prolifically – the seedlings are easily recognisable when small, so I thin out any in the wrong place to keep to a manageable level. A great addition to a cottage garden.