Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving shelter to a native

While Mrs. J. was enthusiastically digging in order to give winter-asylum to 20 or so dahlia-roots, I was busy with checking each nook and crankle of Seanhenge if somebody else needed my help. And I found ...

... a ladybird.
As you can see not one of those reckless (US-?) American invaders which are obviously not willing to peacefully share the resources, but an 'old European', a connoisseur whenever her/his/its eyes discover plant-lice on the menu-card.

And thus, after a brief (photo-) shooting I took our winter-guest to one of the fuchsias currently acclimatising and thus preparing themselves in the greenhouse for hibernation in the cellars of Seangrange.


  1. Ah It is good to see that the ladybird will have a further lease on life

  2. Just as long as it wasnt one of those transatlantic invaders. I've had a plague of them the past two autumns. At one stage, after hundreds of them had settled on the inside of my bedroom window, I had to resort to the vacuum cleaner!

  3. As I'm preparing now for old age hibernation, I just wish I would have travelled your way and be put down in Seanhenge cellar with Ladybird. Although I'm afraid you would have recognized my New World look and sent this invader away to suffer winter on her own. The gods of our times can be cruel to foreigners.

  4. Jams,
    hm, we shall see. I read ladybirds only seldom overwinter alone, but prefer to do so in groups.

    phew! Hundreds?
    Last year, when opening the roof-light in our living-room to I found about fifty and thought that was much.
    To let them 'overwinter in the vacuum-cleaner's bag came not to my mind. I flipped them out.
    Not to call myself cruel, I spoke to myself like certain politicians would do: 'Everyone deserves a second chance.'

    indeed, you would not be put in the cellar, covered with a mixture of earth, stones, and leaves, but become full-board residential. :)
    You would get the 'Toronto-Suite'