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Rhubarb, tadpoles and ladybirds


What a wonderful weekend. Warm sunny weather and time to be in the garden.
I picked the first rhubarb and made my version of rhubarb fool which involves smashed up ginger biscuits in the bottom and cooked rhubard mixed with Greek yoghurt ( in this case, sometimes I use Marscapone).

I noticed a few days ago that some tapoles had hatched out of their jelly.

They were all in a clump but now they are gathered around the edge of the pond. No doubt enjoying the sun too.

Has anyone else noticed lots of ladybirds this year. I have found them tucked away in odd places like the stem of this Kiwi.

Or this teasel. You wouldn’t think this would be very comfortable. I hope they are alive and well. I have noticed lots up and about as well. They are our native ladybirds, which is good. Last year we had a tree which was covered in European ladybirds but they have either gone or are hiding inside until it warms up.

Finally, this is our Magnolia, which is just coming out, and the blue, blue sky…

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Your Magnolia is lovely,especially with the lovely blue sky in the background.Nice to see our native Ladybirds have survived the bad winter too..:o)

20 Mar, 2011


the magnolia will look lovely when it is in full bloom are ahead of me with your rhubarb mine is nowhere near ready for cutting & we have lots of frogspawn in pond too cold up here for them yet though..:o)

20 Mar, 2011


Lovely photos. Thanks!

20 Mar, 2011


Lovely warm weather.... nice to find those ladybirds in unexpected places :o)
I bet you enjoyed smashing up the ginger biscuits ;o)

20 Mar, 2011


Found a couple of ladybirds myself over the last few days Marshmallow and felt very guilty about disturbing them. Hopefully they will be ok. Hot in my garden yesterday, only warm today.

20 Mar, 2011


I haven't seen any ladybirds myself but have read on GoY of other members spotting them...they probably would frequent the garden here if we had a lot of plantings but it's a work in progress.

I'll keep my eyes peeled, just in case. They are a lovely surprise to find.

20 Mar, 2011


Pleased to say I have seen lots of ladybirds this year and yesterday whilst walking the dogs saw two butterflies as well.Your frogs are way in front of ours, we have no spawn yet although the frogs are active.
Lovely photo of the Magnolia against the blue sky.........

20 Mar, 2011


Have to say that I haven't seen any ladybirds in my garden but until I get more plants established I don't really expect many if any at all, so that's something to look forward to.

I'm hoping we'll get some frogs etc when we have sorted our pond out - I shall not be keeping fish, just having it as a wildlife pond.

It's fascinating watching frogspawn hatching isn't it ?

Send us some pics when they become frogs.

20 Mar, 2011


I only saw one ladybird last year, and that was the first for many years. They seem to have died out around here :( I'm glad you still have them.

21 Mar, 2011


I've seen soeme ladybirds, and the tadpoles are round the edge eating the algae that grows round the edge.

21 Mar, 2011


The ladybirds from the Kiwi plant are now up and about. I'm pleased as I wondered if they were ok. I've seen dozens around so look forward to no greenfly. Ha ha ha...

23 Mar, 2011

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