We now have 6 gooseberry bushes scattered around our garden.
I forget now whether there are three varieties or four.
One we've had for years, and some of these are self/bird seeded plants some of which we have moved to more appropriate positions.
A couple of years ago we wanted something new, and had a recommendation to buy Lancashire Lad and Dan's Mistake.
We got in touch with Rougham Hall
nursery which holds the national collection of gooseberries, but were a bit late for that year's list, as it was early December.
They supplied Lancashire Lad immediately, but we had to wait until last year for Dan's Mistake.
A couple of weeks ago I was sitting on the edge of the strawberry bed looking towards these newer bushes. Although still very small several fruit have set.
But what caught my eye was the infestation of gooseberry sawfly. We usually have problems with these little caterpillars stripping the leaves off the bushes much later on around the time they have finished fruiting.
So now every other day I go down the garden in the late afternoon, armed with a pair of particularly slim nosed tweezers and a plastic tub containing a strong salt solution.
Today I didn't find many (10-4-2-15-19-1), but had to inspect each bush/cordon from head to toe.
Now comes the fun bit!
Have you ever tried, when not feeling 100% (I have just had a very lengthy bout of the usual voice loss virus) , to photograph one of the most perfectly camouflaged garden pests?