A couple of weeks ago, the first siting of green fly on the tulips snapped my attention out of the reverie where there are just plants and I inhabiting the garden - I warned myself that precautions needed to be taken to prevent the black bean aphid infestation that ruined the foxglove display last year. Poking around the foxgloves wondering if they would benefit from being sprayed with soapy water sooner rather than later when the buds emerged, I sensed that I was not alone. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw greyish, green aphids lined up on the lupin stems. (I knew there had to be a down-side to planting perennials.) After the horror had subsided, I was intrigued at their orderly queue, tracing the stems so completely that they almost merged into them.
|Black bean aphids feasted on my foxgloves last year. lupin aphids leave traces this week.|
|ivy in a local wooded park .... traces nearly every tree|
Today I'm linking up to Donna's meme @ GardenWalkGardenTalk : TRACERY