Brightly-coloured munching

The leaves are obviously delicious - but the caterpillars make a right old mess of the plant, very quickly, and also leave a lot of poo behind. We will forgive them though.

The leaves are obviously delicious - but the caterpillars make a right old mess of the plant, very quickly, and also leave a lot of poo behind. We will forgive them though.

We try to grow tall plants in the garden, partly the bowling green is still quite 'flat'. We have been enjoying the foxgloves, donated by the Botanic Garden but they are starting to 'go over' now.

The other tall plants you might notice are mulleins, which have big furry leaves and yellow 'candle' flowers. They are a native (I think) and self-seed well and small plants were transplanted from a volunteer's garden. They are a favourite of a particular moth and we were delighted to see some of the brightly coloured caterpillars at the weekend. Do look out for them in the first bee border bed by the gate.


This is what the plants look like when they aren't being eaten (yet):

Out of focus muleins (Verbascum).

Out of focus muleins (Verbascum).