Given that every month since May has had either record warmth, or almost record warmth, aphids, which are normally mostly killed off in winter, thrived continuously this year and with spring now in full step, their numbers are huge.
In addition to hosing them off with a jet of water to let the lizards and other insects eat them while they are defenceless on the ground, I’ve been trying to counter the invasion by planting things that are attractive to ladybeetles. And what better plant than the traditional Marigold to do the job.
This one is Marigold ‘French Flame’ and is in the food garden.
But my gosh what colours!
They look like they’ve been applied as artists brush-strokes….just amazing!
Happy Gardening 🙂