|much chomped bay tree|
"Did you just say wine is evil?"
"No, vine weevil! I think my bay tree is being eaten by a vine weevil. Mr Google suggests that we examine the plant after dark because that's when they come out to eat."
So, last night, Paul and I crept out in the darkness and shone our torches on the bay tree. (Rick came out too and immediately started barking at the bats that were swooping around the garden.) Straightaway we spotted a vine weevil in the light beam munching away on a bay leaf. He was quickly dispatched and we checked the plant for other pests but he seemed to be a solitary diner. We shall go out again tonight and make further checks. Even if we don't find any more weevils it's a bit of a giggle creeping around the garden after dark. I know, we should get out more!
Vine weevils are a real pest for pot grown shrubs. We probably need to repot the bay tree and check the soil for grubs too.
|a prettier and more welcome visitor to the garden|