No matter where you live, this spring has been anything but usual. I’ve been on the planet 54 years and I don’t recall ever experiencing summer in March like we did this year. Temperatures were more like mid-June one week and then like February the next. Even nature is confused, as is evidenced in this shot I took outside my kitchen window of robins sitting like still plump statues on a branch in mid–January. In our neck of the woods, robins are the first sign of spring and never seen in January.
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.