This is what it is…

Here’s my photo from yesterday’s blog of a mystery plant that is about 8 inches tall, pretty magnificent but without a name…

It is Ink Weed!

Thanks to JM who pointed me in the right direction with a suggestion of ‘Poke Weed’.

Now just a little aside, having looked up images of Ink Weed, I was innocently showing a lady I don’t know particularly well the results of the google search when she suddenly said….”Ooh what’s that?”

Imagine my horror when there amongst the images was a naked lady in a provocative pose!! I very quickly moved swiftly on whilst blushing almost as red as the Ink Weed’s berries! Anyway, here’s one of those photos (NO not the rude one….an internet photo of Ink Weed!)….

Definitely not as big as mine!

The websites with information about Ink Weed are from Australia and America and here are some quotes from them….

  • Not a legally declared Pest Plant. Often found in moist areas
  • Flower head-erect
  • Flowers-bisexual
  • Eradication strategies(!)-Drag a railway iron or similar across heavy infestations

I will certainly not employ the eradication strategy as I saw the plant in someone’s garden and I’m not sure it would be very neighbourly to begin the railway iron process!

I’m thinking that some of the quotes from various websites could be the reason for the saucy images on the same pages! Definitely some double entendre sort of words.

So-the mystery is solved! But one last thing…on my iPhoto there is the ability for it to recognise faces and I noticed that when looking at one of the photos, iPhoto wanted me to add a name….so I did….

Your name is Hank!

 

That’s all..

See Ya xx

But what is it?

Walking to the pub on Sunday (not back!) we saw this….

What a whopper!

 

It was about 8 inches long and quite amazing. However I have no idea what it is and am having problems finding it on the internet. Can anyone help?

Here’s a slightly different view of it…

Still don’t know what it is, but so shiny and lovely.

And just in case anyone horticultural is reading this (fat chance methinks), here is the leaf…

???

I have struggled to describe this when doing my search. Any help gratefully accepted.

See Ya xx

Have you guessed what it is yet?

Tell me your name oh hairy one!

I found this little beauty in my front garden, calmly climbing on a shrub. I have to admit that I have been a little cross with the behaviour of this year’s caterpillars as they have eaten my garden alive! However I am unable to hurt them so I just try to move them somewhere else (like the neighbours garden??? No not really!).

Anyway, I decided I needed to know what species it is…butterfly or moth??

Well, God bless the internet as I can now proudly reveal that this caterpillar will become a Grey Dagger moth. I haven’t a photo of my own of one of them but I have managed to find this on t’net.

Grey Dagger Moth

Here’s a glorious sweet pea, bursting and ready and so pleased to not be caterpillar food….

Sweet sweet pea

And now, with great subtlety, on to another sort of pea that I podded only last week. Couldn’t resist the photo opportunity!

Yum!

See Ya xx