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On Saturday I bought a new plant [Tulbarghia violacea] to replace the one I lost in the harsh winter of 2010/2011 but unfortunately I had 2 aliens hiding in the pot. Namely New Zealand flat worms. They were rapidly disposed of by killing them with boiling water. The method suggested by the RHS.

Then on Sunday I continued to de couch-grass the front border.
Before:

Ooh I had forgotten about the Geum ‘koi’, you can see it now.

Whilst on my hands and knees removing the dead crocosmia leaves I thought I had found a fat caterpillar. However on closer inspection I noticed 4 legs. So I popped it into a jar for its first photo call.


Placed the youngster in the back garden near the pond, where it decided to play dead for a good 15 mins.

A pretty belly too.

After a coffee break I was distracted by a lot of splashing from the pond. On a closer look Mrs Blackbird was having a wash. She is sitting on a nest of 4 eggs at present so I suppose she deserves a bath.

Then I noticed the tulips with heads hanging.


On closer inspection there were ants chewing on the stems. No aphids in sight, just ants having a munch.

So from alien flatworms to protected native newts to common garden birds to pesky biting ants, my garden has had it all this weekend.

And not forgetting flowers:


Smilacenia racemosa


Trillium lutea

Weigelia: a yellow flowered species.

Azalea ‘Red Dragon’

Corydalis flexuosa

Viola ‘Rebecca’ a beautiful flower in memory of a beautiful little girl.

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Lovely pictures and lovely wildlife...well, the flat worms aren't so attractive..ha ha!
I really like that yellow Weigela...don't remember seeing a yellow one before.
great blog SG

21 May, 2013

 

Weigela middendorfiana is the yellow one Paul. its new to me this year. At the moment I have it growing in a pot. not sure where to place it yet.

21 May, 2013

 

Beautiful!!

21 May, 2013

 

Lovely interesting blog. The violas are gorgeous.

21 May, 2013

 

thanks, the viola is just one plant which is probably 6 yrs old now. It is a favourite, though my OH says its mawkish to have it. He never was one for sentimentality. takes all sorts I suppose.

21 May, 2013

 

Made me lol if we all look close at our gardens sometimes it can be quite a horror show loved the blackbird bathing lots use my bird bath but never the blackbird !

21 May, 2013

 

sorry to hear the NZ flatworms had to be disposed of,Sue..I've never heard of them before..lovely little newt,and nice it posed for a photo shoot :o) Great shot of your Blackbird,ours never seems to use our bird bath..maybe it waits till no one is watching it.. :o)The yellow Weigela is lovely,nice to have something different..

22 May, 2013

 

Lovely to see so much wildlife, Sbg. The plants are lovely - so good to see them flowering this year at last. You did well with the couch!

22 May, 2013

 

There`s certainly plenty to see and keep you interested in your garden Sbg I love it, especially that yellow Weigela and the Trillium.

22 May, 2013

 

Lots going on in your garden SB Love the little Newt and the Trillium, a very enjoyable blog;0)

22 May, 2013

 

Lovely blog Sea... lots of nature which is always nice to see, love the lttle newt thingy haha, or lizard.
As for couch grass "tell me about it" lol, i hate getting it out each year, why does it decide to get itself between our plants grr, you have some lovely colour going on in your garden to Sea... :o))

22 May, 2013

 

Could I borrow the lizard/newty thingy to attack the snails in my garden SB?

22 May, 2013

 

Fancy having those New Zealand things
:o( It's worrying how they get imported, and what if they go unnoticed ...

Glad you saved the newt :o)

22 May, 2013

 

thanks for the comments. I try to have something in flower all year round and I rarely use pesticides.
the newt wont have time to go on any visits as I have a huge slug/snail population.
NZ flatworms first came over in the early 60's probably as egg cases in soil of imported plants. I will always inspect the roots of plants from now on and I wont be buying from the nursery near me. pity as they have some interesting plants.

22 May, 2013

 

Very interesting blog, not noticed the flatworms, so how much damage can they do? we used to have a lot of lizards when we moved, but now we are tidy we do not see any, but found we had a newt in the pond....do like the Trillium and Smilacenia.

22 May, 2013

 

Another top-notch blog.
Straight to faves!

23 May, 2013

 

What a nuisance - it was lucky you knew what they were.
I'd like to know what damage they do, too.

You've got flowers on your Trillium lutea - mine never did flower for me. :-(

I love the yellow Weigela. :-)))

23 May, 2013

 

goodness SBG ! your garden is a zoologists haven ;-)
Yes, the flatworms, I read about them a while ago, not good news for our native worms. Great photos.

24 May, 2013

 

thanks for the complements. I am proud to be a biologist with a strong botany slant.

24 May, 2013

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