pesky visitors

Some dismal surprises today on a flying visit to the huerto; pigeons have demolished my beautiful Golden Sweet mange tout, along with most of the chard, lettuces and much of the spinach. Asparagus beetles have been beetling away, and a swarm of blackfly taken up residence in the tender tops of the broad beans. Booooo!

However, a bit of fast squishing, pinching out, cloching and netting before the heavens opened has, I trust, provided some respite. And just time for a photo of the standard rose ‘Boscobel’ coming into flower, along with peony Sarah Bernhardt still holding onto bud but blooming imminent.



… and a quick pick of coriander ‘Cruiser’ and spinach from the little bed that is also home to surprisingly easily germinated salsoli, catch crop radishes and some bolthardy beetroot.


About Ruth Paris

Leadership & executive coach, based near Farnham, Surrey, UK. Love my garden and organic allotment / potager.
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5 Responses to pesky visitors

  1. philipparees says:

    Exactly how I feel about uninvited visitors! They only damage time and my state of mind. Boo for you.

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  2. Ruth Paris says:

    Haha, I suppose you could always squish or net them?! Or compost??


  3. Sharon says:

    What a shame, they are such healthy plants. That is the upside – if protected from further attack, they should recover. Your rose bed looks full of promise, I can’t wait to see it in full bloom. What varieties do you have there? Can I ask is salsoli the same as salsola? None of mine would germinate at all…sigh.

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  4. Ruth Paris says:

    Thanks Sharon. Yes, I hope they will recover ok – you have to be optimistic! Roses looking good, yes. Not sure I remember all the varieties, but include Whiter Shade of Pale, Chandos Beauty, Tickled Pink and English Miss. Salsola, yes – I think I just got the name wrong. I was amazed it all seemed to came through very fast – I had sown thickly as the packet said it was hard to germinate! Beginner’s luck as this is the first time I’ve tried it. Wish I could say the same about parsnips and carrots which just have not germinated at all this year!! So I know the feeling!


  5. Pigeons, pompous birds. They sweep into my apple trees and chase little birds into hiding. It’s the tiny birds that take care of insects. The roses are beautiful ☼


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