Now then…one of my first posts on WordPress was about lupins. It told of, firstly, my love of the dear and lovely lupin. It then told of the rashness of trying to split one in two!! Sad dying lupin days!
Now I have some rather nice and quite well established ones (that I haven’t tried to split!) which are coming into flower.
‘HORRORS!’ I screamed when taking a close inspection….for there, in bright green cheek, was a colony of flaming aphids!
Okey dokey…out with the camera and just look at the little blighters….
See my perfect beginnings of lupin…..….and see those rather ugly, yet somehow fascinating aphids!
Look a little closer…..can you see those strange stumps sticking out of their backs?
One aphid website (yes, there is such a place!!) said these were called ‘Siphunculus’!
Another site (yes, there was another site!!) said they were ‘cornicles’….
…but whatever they are called apparently they secrete (such a rude word!) defensive fluid!
So they are the ones with no wings, but a few DO have wings and, yes, you’ve guessed it, there were some of those as well!
This is how my lupins should be looking…
No blemish or insect in sight!
And look at the colour it’s going to be…so pretty!
However, all I’m going to say is, soon they will be no more!
(The evil cackle was heard ringing through the wilds of Bedfordshire as the mad and possessive crazy woman did some ecologically unfriendly spraying!!)
See Ya xx