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B3B3 Posts: 21,435
Has anyone else noticed a lot more aphids this year? I suppose it was the mild winter.
One of my hardy fuchsia new growth was so badly affected ( curled up leaves),I've cut it back again so that it can have another go.
One ladybird spotted. It's got it's work cut out for it.😒
In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 1,804
    edited 17 April
    I definitely have more than ever before. Even on tulip flowers. The sparrows are eating lots, but they do a lot of damage in the process. Quite a few ladybirds and some lace wing flies as well, but not enough for the army of aphids.
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,464
    I have two Japanese acers in pots and every year the tall green one gets attacked by tiny suckers the small yellow one doesn't, if I miss the early signs they really mess up the leaves. This year I have noticed loads of ants.
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 156
    I hardly had any aphids in my garden last year, but have had quite a few so far this Spring. The only issues they've caused is some leaf curl in my Veronica gentianoides, although I've pinched them off my Acer as it's newly planted and I'm a bit overprotective...
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106
    edited 17 April
    Not a single aphid to be seen here. But I did count about twenty bluetits in the garden this morning.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,435
    I know I should be pleased for you @pansyface but, unfortunately, I lack the noble gene😐
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,055
    Our usual spring birds haven’t visited yet. Seen a two spot and one pine ladybird but that’s it.

    Vast quantities of aphids especially on my more sheltered plants.
  • Rob LockwoodRob Lockwood Posts: 311
    Hardly any here in the Midlands, but a lot more ladybirds than usual, and quite a lot of bird activity.  My viburnum opulus compactum hardly got going this year because of the sap-sucking black aphids - absolutely none this year so far.  Mystifying.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,435
    Did you get any cold weather this winter?
    We just had a few light frosts here. @Rob Lockwood
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • TheGreenManTheGreenMan Tyne & Wear Green Belt Posts: 1,514
    I’ve noticed a lot more and earlier. I was in B&Q a month ago and their scabious were crawling in them. 
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady WarwickshirePosts: 394
    Yes, pretty much every plant I have has got them. I've got a lot of seedlings in a cold frame and I'm constantly squashing and removing aphids from them.
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