Into the Unknown

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Sometimes on the allotment – for us rookies especially – it’s difficult to tell who is friend and what is foe.  This was true this week, when giving the plot a thorough weeding, mowing and trimming, we came across several visitors we weren’t sure if to admire or to send packing !

The first two were flowers – or should that be weeds ?  Tiny delicate blue flowers have appeared all around the plot, and have become a lovely companion to our Poached Egg Plant in the flower border.

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Secondly, these gorgeously fragile looking purple flowers have sown themselves along the edges of our space, and seem far too beautiful to be weeds – what are they ?

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And lastly, whilst digging in one of the ‘raised baths’ this fellow reared it’s alien looking head.  A shiny, hard coated brown pellet with a disconcerting rotating head, it’s apparently a brown moth pupa, which is commonly found in soil.  Whether it’s a friend to allotmenteers we don’t know !

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On safer ground, we were also able to admire more familiar favourites coming into their own this week.  The lush dark green foliage and deep purple flowers of Comfrey, Strawberry flowers in the bed we extended last year, and our first Rose of the year in bloom.

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Out of our unexpected visitors, only the moth pupa got the heave-ho – out of fear that he may be a crop destroying baddie – and he was only moved to the edge of the plot !  The blue and purple flowers remain.  They may be ‘weeds’ but they’re so pretty, who are we to judge ?

What unexpected visitors have you had on your plot this year ?

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. John Hric says:

    Your mystery flowers look to be sweet pea and forget me not. I will let you decide if they should be categorized as flowers or weeds. My own experience with forget me not ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forget-me-not ) is that it reseeds a bit to readily. Yet it can be banished, it just takes a bit of work. As for the moth it is the abdomen that is rotating. It could be the cutworm pupa or it could be something else… https://www.google.com/search?q=cutworm+pupa&biw=1280&bih=963&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Qbt7U_2rMcGNyASo0YDwAQ&sqi=2&ved=0CCgQsAQ

    1. Thanks for your comment – the purple flowers are very small (you can’t really tell in the pictures), so I don’t think they’re Sweetpeas, but I’m interested to hear the Forget me not and cutworm theories. If you’re right I’m glad we kept the blue flower and got rid of the brown bug ! 🙂

      1. John Hric says:

        Okay, lets switch to another legume. vetch
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicia
        and that bloom on the vetch does look a lot like sweet pea, except the vetch does have the multiple leaflets and sweet peas just have two leaflets.

      2. I think you’re right ! Vetch is a new visitor to our plot, and with it’s pretty flowers we’re glad to have it 🙂

  2. What a beautiful garden! Best wishes on all of your edible adventures this year!

    1. Thanks ! And the same to you 🙂

  3. Jill says:

    Definitely forget- me-nots! I love them they self seed and spread but are easy to pull out if they are in the wrong place! Lovely photos.

    1. Thanks Jill – this is the first year they’ve appeared on the plot and we love them ! 🙂

  4. Zoe says:

    Yes we have forget-me-nots on the plot, I just let them flower where they’re not in the way, they’re all through the herb bed. They’ll be finished soon and you can easily pull them out. We also have those moth pupa, but I didn’t know what they were before either, so we’ve both learnt something!

    1. Funny looking things aren’t they (the moth pupa) – still not 100% sure what they are, so think they’ll still be banished if we find any more ! Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. I have been told you can eat the pods that appear after vetch has finished flowering – you should probably double check that though! Also, vetch is great for fixing nitrogen in the soil, so definitely a friend!

    1. That’s really interesting – will have to double check and find out ! It’s definitely been placed in the friend category now. Thanks for reading 🙂

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