When I saw this larva in the garden on a cultivated Malva sylvestris (common mallow / apotekerkattost), I didn’t imagine this was a painted lady / tistelsommerfugl (Vanessa cardui), but it turns out that mallows (Malva spp.), other members of the Asteraceae and comfrey (Symphytum) can all feed the larvae!
Daily Archives: August 2, 2019
Tante Grusom and Edvin “Fallskjerm” Trygg visit
I haven’t laughed so much during a garden tour for a long time! I had the pleasure to show Cathrine Johnsen, who operates a wild foraging company (Fru Johnsens Sopp og Nyttevekster), and her partner Edvin around the garden….Stavangerites can have a similar humour to Brits, hence the laughs!
Cathrine is known as TanteGrusom (Aunty Cruel) on FB and Edvin has a habit of throwing himself safely (Trygg) out of airplanes (Fallskjerm = parachute)!
See you guys next time you are passing!
It’s been a long wait, but I can finally taste a few mulberries….both my bushes which are about the same age started producing after about 15 years, although neither tree had been looked after and had been more or less left to themselves. Both are in shady parts of the garden. I hadn’t really believed that they would produce berries, hence the neglect! I think they are both white mulberry / hvitmorbær (Morus alba), but one has red berries. I did have a purple-berried white mulberry at one stage so it could be this!