Echiums in bloom

I love these strange blooms. This white one is lovely at the moment.

I’d love to grow a red one. Maybe next year.

These green blooms haven’t burst into color yet.

Sometimes they grow in some really weird shapes. It’s called fasciation. I had a very odd blue stem last year. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture of it. It can produce some bizarre stems.

These blue flowers just have a bit of a bend in them.

Love the white ones!

Oh no, a bug!

Isn’t it amazing how much you can learn when you write a blog post?

I’m still waiting expectantly for my Echiums to flower. I posted about them a week or so ago. Today, they are slowly developing more and more tiny flowers. So I thought I’d take a photo to record their progress.

Imagine my delight at finding a pretty red bug.

Actually, if you look closer there are two bugs. They are stuck together copulating. Apparently, the larger female drags the smaller male around. They are Harlequin bugs (Dindymus versicolour) and until today I thought they were harmless.

I read today that they are sap suckers, and can be harmful to flower buds and fruit, especially to apples and other soft fruit.

I’m not sure if I’m fascinated or revolted. I think I might start trying to elimate them, before too many of them breed.