Six on Saturday: 25 September 2021

This week’s featured image is an Elephant Hawk Moth. I first saw one of these ‘live’ on 23 August 2020, and my second last Tuesday (21 September). Remembering someone said they ate fuchsia, I encouraged it onto a plant saucer and placed it under my newly established fuchsia hedge at the back of Raised Bed A. The hedge needs a good trim so I can spare plenty of juicy stems/leaves for such an exotic creature. Without further ado, here are my Six for this grey and murkey Saturday, shared with a wide-ranging group of gardeners around the globe via The Propagator.

Verbena bonariensis – the final curtain? I’ve already take some of the faded flowerheads and sprinkled them along the front border in the hope they will self-seed and grow.

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Six on Saturday: 29 August 2020

So, another week of mixed weather. Though it’s sunny this morning, clouds are moving in from the North. There is a definite hint of Autumn in the air. After such a wet August, fingers are crossed for good weather next month.

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Last Sunday afternoon, I looked out of my (upstairs) study window and saw what looked like a small piece of wood lying on the patio. And then it moved!

Elephant hawk moth caterpillar

Apparently they like rosebay willowherb, Himalyan balsam, and fuchsia! I can’t provide the first two, but have plenty of the third. Apparently they don’t usually do too much damage. As this one was looking rather fat, I assumed it had already eaten its fill and was looking for somewhere to pupate over winter. It should emerge in May. I’ve seen an Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar only once before and never seen the moth.

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