Dilly Dally

I was just outside harvesting some dill seeds. It may seem odd to leave the seedheads sitting in the paper bag outside for a while, but I am doing this for a reason. The stems of the dill had quite a few aphids on them, visible in the photo below. I really don’t want to encourage them or end up with ‘extra protein’ in my seeds.

Shortly after I hung the bag up I spotted a more welcome visitor. This lady bird (lady bug, or lady beetle), Hippodamia variegata (the Adonis lady bird), like many, is an aphid predator. I am more than happy to see them having a munch on the aphids.

This particular species has a fairly worldwide distribution. I was able to identify it via the CSIRO’s very helpful gallery of lady birds.

Early one morning

Today I enjoyed walking in the rain-soaked garden.

Water for all!
Water for all!

After several months of virtually no rain the 50 millimetres we’ve received over the past two days is more than welcome.

Seeds developing on our asparagus plants.
Seeds developing on our asparagus plants.

Subsoil moisture will be restored improving growing conditions for all our plants.

Seed heads on our dill plants.
Seed heads on our dill plants.