I have been surprised just how many lily beetles I found on my L. regale this year. I have obviously missed a lot as this is what one stem looked like the other day. The closer shot shows the orangy-coloured larval stage which disgustingly covers itsself in its own excrement! Apparently this stage lives for a couple of weeks on the plant leaves and then crawls to the ground where it pupates and finally emerges as a beetle a couple of weeks later. The beetles can over-winter! Wish I had paid a bit more attention earlier in the year. For more info and a survey see: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Science/Plant-pests/Lily-beetle
Small Garden Story
Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!