Yesterday, my daughter and I helped my dad out round the garden by deadheading the daffodils and other spring flowers past their best. I’d never thought to deadhead daffodils and some of mine are doing decidedly badly, so I think I will give it a go.
Anyway, whilst doing the deadheading, I came across a patch of nettles, which I pulled out and kept to make soup at home. There wasn’t quite enough, so this morning I picked some leaves off my own nettle patch and was surprised to find what I thought were aphids.
As I didn’t have gloves on at the time, I haven’t been able to get a brilliant shot, but under those leaves are what appear to be black eggs. I wondered if they might be ladybird eggs, so was disappointed when I looked on the internet and learned that their eggs are yellow.
However, still exciting is the possibility that the eggs are from the Peacock butterfly (Inachis io). I may not get to see the butterflies, should they emerge, but it’s nice to think I might be helping them out.
Another discovery of sorts is seeing the wild garlic coming into bloom. Ironic that the anemones blooming next to the garlic also have white flowers!
Talking of flowers, there was a fantastic display of tulips at Clumber Park yesterday. I didn’t take any photos of them, although I am sure you can use your imagination. Instead, I took photos of the following: