I’m having a bit of a gardening spree today! Clearing up odd jobs, such as repotting okra and sowing cauliflower for overwintering….
Whilst taking a break just now, I noticed a sparrow hopping about the branches of the apple tree. It also appeared to pecking at something, hopefully not an apple, so I went to investigate.
Good the apples seem intact. And the branches are growing, producing new leaves beyond the ones damaged by aphids in the spring. There is some new aphid damage but then I saw a ladybird on one of the leaves. So no aphids on that one!
This ladybird has a different colour from one I’ve ever seen in England before: black with little bits of orange. I have heard of these but am nonetheless a little surprised, and glad as well that it is helping me and I am doing my bit to save it as a species.
© Helen Butt, July 2014