I had camera troubles this week which turned out to be the result of a slightly knocked pressure switch. We did a factory-reset on the settings though trying to find that out, and in the process of trying to get all the settings back to where I wanted them I took a lot of photos of the garden. It doesn’t help that this is one of the peaks of activity outside – there is so much going on in all the different zones. So there are two photos for my Friday photo this week, because I simply couldn’t choose between them.
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This seems like the perfect opportunity to ask – do you know of plants that attract ladybirds ?
We could do with some here (Nunawading, Melbourne) to keep the aphids in line …
There’s quite a few, and Google will be your friend 🙂 In particular I think it’s the Umbelliferae, the plants that have flowerheads that look like umbrellas (eg yarrow, Queen Anne’s Lace, and several others). I also seem to recall cosmos is a popular flower choice. But yeah, do a web search, it’s a popular question and you’ve got heaps of options. You may find though that you have to buy your ladybird-friendly plants already at an advanced stage from a nursery or grower. Otherwise if you plant them from seed now, by the time they grow up to a useful age your new spring growth will be well finished and the aphids will have mostly moved on anyhow.