Every garden should have at least one flower fairy, preferably two. They are difficult to spot as they dress to blend with the flowers. For example, they use hollyhocks for skirts and nasturtiums for bonnets, on their love-in-the-mist inspired heads.
Their aprons may be fashioned from rose petals and their arms resemble honeysuckle stems. They are the masters of disguise.
One place to look is in a willow den, where they may be enjoying a cup of acorn tea, shaded by a squash leaf. We are in need of their expertise. The black fly is still attacking our broad beans. They are spreading to the courgettes. The next advance will include the peas.
The peas have taken shape and just need to swell. It would be best if the aphid front line could be halted.
Well, I’m guessing that these flower fairies are very busy orchestrating the friendly bugs in the garden. We have spotted ladybirds and hoverfly, which enjoy munching on the aphids. Today we spotted a new bug.
I have seen it in previous years, but this year there are several of these fast moving beetles among my aphid infested broad beans. I knew it wasn’t a lily beetle. Too thin, but I didn’t want another baddie. I googled it and it looks like a soldier beetle, which is good news. They eat lots of aphids every day. So I reckon those flower fairies must have it in hand. I’ll just leave it to them.
Boy, oh boy, I don’t think I would like to tangle with this fellow if I was an aphid. Not very cuddly!
This year I’m also taking more of a back seat with our nature table. The children always keep an eye out for interesting nature bits for our nature table. They have a really good idea of what is appropriate to add to the table. For instance, they don’t bring in a hazel branch, but they do bring in the clusters of nuts. They don’t bring in a live slow worm, just a bit of its tail. No buzzing bees, flapping moths or scuttling ladybirds. No, they only bring in the dead ones. They made miniature water gardens, with parts of plants. I love seeing each child spend time looking at the bits and pieces. Picking them up and examining them. Asking questions and adding to it. My role is to answer questions and relocate any decaying plant life to the compost. It still surprises me that they don’t have a nature table at school, but at least we can do it at home. I wonder if any flower fairies will visit.
I’m linking this up to The Magic Onions Friday Nature Table. Inspiration abound, so hop on over and take a look.