A ladybird on the mint

On my list of jobs for today was to move the finishing off compost bin to the back of the garden. Before I moved it, though, I had a go at removing some couch grass and brambles from the space to be occupied by the bin.

This is when I saw a ladybird – in January!

The ladybird is actually on a dead mint leaf, above the ground by a foot or so, which makes me think it must be awake rather than in hibernation. Which in turn is not a particularly good sign, although in and of itself it was a charming sight in the gloom.

Now, the predicted low pressure front has descended and I’ve come in for shelter. However, I did more than move the compost bin. On a roll with my spade, I dug out a patch of self-seeded lemon balm, so the big compost bin is a little fuller.

Much as I love lemon balm, I don’t want a garden full of it – there’s only so much you can use for tea. And there are lots of other goodies to put in the revamped garden. For example, last Thursday at R V Roger’s I picked up a packet of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), which I hope will thrive in the bog garden.

It looks like the pond liner has a leak, as the water I’ve put in so far seems to be diminishing. It is early day’s, though, so I’m not going to rush out for a butyl sheet just yet!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to A ladybird on the mint

  1. We were fixing a part of our front yard fence yesterday and noticed out lilac bush on that part of the fence has budded!?? We are in northeastern Colorado (USA) and that’s just not right. Buds should not pop out until around late March or mid-April. It’s way too soon for this to happen. We are destined for a deep freeze in February (happens every year) and I’m afraid I won’t get any beautiful bunches off it this year if it keeps up – eeek!

    • Helen says:

      That’s such a shame. I hope you don’t lose your buds!

      At least a ladybird can hibernate again. With the sudden change in conditions outside right now, I hope it’s gone back to some snug leaves on the ground.

  2. Things are wierd here too – primroses in bloom and hazel catkins open! Luckily only some of each so they should have reserves to come at the right time too.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, my primroses are out, too. About three Decembers ago we were in Belgium and their primroses were already in flower – I think mine came out soon afterwards and they were fine. Hopefully, where you are all will be well 😊

  3. Karen says:

    I hope your purple loosestrife does well as it is very pretty. Fields of it used to grow in the boggy areas in New England.

  4. skyeent says:

    I’ll wait to hear how your pond liner is holding up…still catching up here.

    • Helen says:

      The latest on the pond is that I’m getting a proper liner from my dad. We used to have ponds when I was a kid, so it’s coming with memories!

      In the meantime, I’m obviously no longer filling up the pond as is. However, the current liner will protect the sand I lined the pond with until the replacement is collected and put down in its place.

      • skyeent says:

        Well you’ve done most of the hard work anyhow with the digging. It would be nice to have the new liner in place for the spring, but that’s a month or two off yet.

        • Helen says:

          It should be in by the end of February. I’ve also got an old plastic greenhouse, which I can use to line the pond underneath the black one. It’s been sitting under a woodpile though, so who knows what state it is in!

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