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Plants for Bugs

RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Flowers at last

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 09 Aug 2012 at 11:33 AM

 

We are enjoying it while it lasts and so too are some of our plants. That's the sunshine I'm referring to, in case you're wondering (not the Olympics!).

I'm pleased and relieved to see that after repeated replacement due to winter losses, we are finally seeing shrubby plants from the southern hemisphere such as fuchsia and callistemon (bottlebrush) in flower;

The sun has also been picking out the light/shade contrast in striking architectural plants such as this fern (Blechnum chilense) and the sisyrinchium;

And, of course, the flying insects are enjoying the sun too. Andy our Entomologist has had to delay his scheduled flying insect monitoring due to the wet weather but can finally get on to it this week. Here's a hoverfly visiting our brachyglottis;

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