Brilliant Food for the CreaturesWednesday, August 22, 2012
I was told that it could be a kind of beetle. But is there any way to shoo this insect away without using any pesticide? I don't like pesticide as I am afraid that it will also repel those wonderful butterflies and bees. In the pic below is a little red spinach, Amaranthus 'Perfect Red'. I think I am growing food for beetle again, hmmm....
I was delighted to see the blooms of my dwarf Angelonia (pic below). The plant doesn't mind heavy pruning! Those new stems grew after a prune...
So does the Justicia fulvicoma in pic below. The little bush is now covered with red-orange bracts and orange flowers. Bees just love them!
Not sure yet if the bees will come for these Salvia coccinea blooms but they have definitely attracted me! I kept looking at them everyday as their little flowers are really bright and vivid :-)
It is funny to see the Euphorbia milii blooms turned reddish in colour from its yellow bracts. Perhaps they are receiving more sunlight and the change of fertiliser has given them this effect...??? Just as strange, I wonder how sometimes ants knew there is nectar in these blooms. Ants can smell?
These guzmania flower stalks are going to take turns to spent. So far I have not spotted any ants here yet ;-)
Leopard flower, Iris domestic is fairly new to the garden. It has been flowering and flowering but no seedpod yet...
Clerodendrum thomsoniae or popularly known as bleeding-heart vine is another nectar producing plant. When the red flowers are out later, I hope there will be more butterflies in the garden :-)
Have fun growing plants and feeding creatures in the wild!