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June 09, 2008

Early Summer

Mausi always likes this time of the year when it starts to get warmer and you can feel that summer is just around the corner. Mausi has warded off the dandelions' attempt to invade her garden successfully and although the garden managed several time to run away from her and is still ahead of her this year the first flowers, clematis and roses, have appeared.

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One of several clematis plants that will eventually cover the gazebo completely and an early rambler rose

Mausi has already seen a number of slugs walking around the garden is they owned it and is trying to think of how to discourage them from having a banquet on the new plants. But ahead of the slugs another pest has arrived. Yesterday Mausi noticed that suddenly some plants seem to have been stripped of their foliage overnight. It has happened before but this time Mausi was able to catch the greedy little buggers redhanded with her camera:

Voracious caterpillars

Strangely the plant doesn't seem to mind having her leaves eaten once a year, it thrives all the same. And Mausi rather likes caterpillars. The first book she ever borrowed from the school library at the age of ten was about caterpillars and the close-up photographs of those animals were absolutely fascinating. Mausi hopes, the good meal they had in her garden, will help them turn into beautiful butterflies.

Posted by Mausi at June 9, 2008 03:15 PM

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