Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Early June garden

The gardens are beginning to look wonderful right now. 

Rose and lupines with hostas in the background
Flower on a Ninebark bush

Mock orange in back and peach tree in front.  The mock orange has tons of flowers this year and they smell so lovely.  The whole yard has a beautiful fragrance when these are in bloom.

Clematis with Campanula and hosta in back

As beautiful as the yard and gardens are, they have predators at this the time of year.  For about two weeks in late May/early June, we get those bugs that I call rose bugs. They are on everything--flowers, trees, shrubs, etc., and they do a bang-up job of destroying big parts of plants. I read about a solution for potato bugs (half flour and half baby powder sprinkled on them) and decided to try that on these bugs; it does seem to slow them down, but there are so many of them that I cannot possibly keep up with them.  This is the third year we've had them and the numbers seem to increase every year.  The trees and shrubs seem to be able to withstand the damage, but the flowers aren't always so lucky; they never look as nice afterwards.

No comments:

Post a Comment