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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Instant Sunshine

sunflowerDespite cloudy skies and record-breaking rain, June has one thing going for it in our garden - the arrival of the sunflowers. Our first summer in this house, and mostly only using tubs, but we seem to have hit some reasonable heights.

Even on the greyest day, one look at a sunflower is enough to raise the spirits. Unless that sunflower has a little green monster inside of course - any ideas what this little darling in the second picture might be?

I'm guessing he's not good, as he doesn't look like a bumble bee, even in my limited understanding of wildlife, but will he and his chums cause the premature loss of seeds in the sunflower, or can I sleep at night.

It's all very worrying this gardening stuff, I'm not at all happy with the levels of fear and loathing that flying and sliming things generate... and I'm starting to feel guilty at the number of snails that have flown over the wall recently. Still, the sunny bits are good while they last.


sunflower

Hopefully they will last a little while, because the Thanet microclimate isn't being exactly reliable at the moment.

sunflower


5 comments:

your neighbour said...

Don't feel guilty about the snails. I spend most nights throwing them back. Think of it as a prolonged game of snail tennis.

ZumiWeb said...

I though they were looking a bit dizzy, shell-shocked even... here's a few more...

Little Weed said...

A friend of mine was telling me about the snails she was smashing on her patio but then stood on some and says that banana skins have nothing on squashed snails - she just went flying.

It just looks like ordinary greenfly, either the birds will eat them or a diluted washing up liquid spray should work.

Little Weed said...

And your sunflower is beautiful and early, mine just looks like a bedraggled weed at the moment

ZumiWeb said...

Well obviously I wasn't going to show the bedraggled ones that we have as well! Still, mostly they're ok, and more to come...