In case you are wondering what I'm talking about . . . I'm talk'in about Lady Bugs yo!
We all have a bird house or two on our property but there are other critters that need a little help in the real estate department as well.
A small Mason Bee home was our first addition. And now a small 'bunkie' for Ladybugs. They will usually gather together to keep warm and safe. In nature they will find bark on trees to crawl under or any little hole they can all squeeze into together. A lady bug Home, is a great solution because they can all live in there together without the risk of being eaten by predators!!
An adult ladybug eats approx 100 aphids a day! They will also consume soft bodied insects, white flies and mites. For this reason they are always welcomed with open arms by gardeners everywhere!
This gardener is certainly welcoming them into her backyard . . . I hate Aphids! We haven't had any trouble with them this year but when we lived in the townhouse our patio was swarming with those florescent green buggers!!! I'm pretty sure the only thing I hate more than aphids are SLUGS, I despise those little (excuse my french) Bastards!!! I hate them more than men hated the movie Magic Mike, I hate them more than everyone hated Frank Burns in MASH (or for the younger audience who may be reading . . . I hate them more than the Griffin's hate MEG).
But more to the point of my story . . . .
I was shopping as Homesense for a patio umbrella and as per usual, I came out of Homesense with something completely different . . . a ladybug house. It was $3 and looked like it belonged in the backyard of Barbie's Dream house with its pink flowery exterior.
New Japanese Maple we planted!
moodboard I made for them:
p.s. Does anyone else have the "Lady in Red" song stuck in their head now?