Thanks to Clare Pooley, I was able to identify a spectacular-looking beetle which I saw on some lemon balm in the back garden last week. It is a rosemary beetle (Chrysolina americana) and it is a shame that it could potentially cause much damage to herbs in my garden. However, according to the RHS website, which can be found here, birds might control an infestation. Let’s hope so!
Unfortunately, one of my colleagues has not been so lucky. I was invited round for a look at her garden over the last week and she showed me what the beetle has been doing to her lavender and such.
At least the beetles don’t eat everything. It was lovely to see my colleague (not on camera for the first time in 15 months) and her garden; and I came with cuttings to grace the front garden. Not the forlorn herbs but some hardy geraniums. She dug up some roots which were immediately replanted once I arrived home, so I hope they take root and provide as much splendour here as at my colleague’s.