Top: "originally purchased" violet.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I do not remember exactly, but must be four to five years ago that I purchased a plant with few violets as weeds in the container. They were so dark blue that I didn't clean off the surface of the container. After years they have migrated as weeds in some locations in the garden, freely cross breeding with the usual forms of Viola tricolor present in my region. The following pictures show some of the nice results.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
For some unknown instances some plants are precocious this year as the cold weather of the past Winter has stimulated their metabolism! My Eucryphia xnymansensis opened the first flowers just yesterday evening. And despite it was frozen to the soil, also Mandevilla laxa has begun to flower. I also perhaps discovered another factor leading to high mortality under bees... (no this is just a joke, if is true that crab spiders hunt bees they usually do not focus on this insects but hunt all possible species ).
White hunter (quite probably a crab spider from the Thomisidae family)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Last year I experienced just focal damage on my box parterre due to the new introduced pest in middle Europe, the box tree pyralid (Glyphodes perspectalis). This small moth from Asia may cause relevant damages, with the caterpillars that can complete defoliate a parterre. This year the problem is more relevant with hundreds of caterpillars feeding on my plants. Well yesterday evening I treated the plants bit spores of Bacillus thuringiensis. I hope I can keep the problem under control without chemicals.