I noticed that there must be something wrong with my Aruncus ‘Horatio’. The beautiful foliage of this plant looked like a Swiss cheese within a few days. What is happening over there?
My first thought was that a snail was eating the plant at night. Therefore I inspected the plant in the evening by the light of my torch. But no sign of a snail on the leaves whatsoever! Sadly, the next day, the plant looked even worse. Obviously there was something terribly wrong.
At daytime I inspected my Aruncus once again. At last, I spotted a tiny green caterpillar. Not one, but at least a fifty of them. All together eating like a horse from my Aruncus!
An old expression, which my father often told me, sprung to my mind:
“Those who want to see butterflies, will have to bear with the caterpillars!”
What to do? Having fifty butterflies this summer or a plant without leaves? I was on the horns of a dilemma.
This time I chose for the plant.
Sorry, cute tiny caterpillars for ending your lives. I just like my plant more!
The garden is opened June 20 and 21.
|Butterfly in my garden. Small Tortoiseshell on Astrantia.|
|Beautiful laves of Aruncus 'Horatio'.|
|Tiny caterpillar eating the last bits of the leave.|
|Look what is left!|
|Cute tiny caterpillars before......|