One of my favourite garden series on television is produced by the BBC called “Around The World in 80 Gardens”, hosted by Monty Don. The narrative is intelligent and informative. The cinematography is beautiful.
Mid-summer my Virginia Creeper and Wisteria began to be devoured by something which I’d never seen before. I soon noticed these paired beetles clustered over the leaves. They are a metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere.
My plates were worn from my previous car, so I thought I’d get creative with the plate renewal. I mean, it was available, and seemed to describe the driver, so why not?! It’s fun getting the occasional chuckle from those who notice and it prepares them for what might otherwise be a surprise.