They have finally arrived in my garden!
I spotted the first one in the roses by the picket fence. I gasped in horror! There, resting comfortably on the pink petals of my rose, was one of those retched Japanese beetles.
How did he get here, I wondered? Did he come in on some plant I purchased? Was he the only one or could there more?
After I knocked the beetle to the ground and ruthlessly crushed it, I went to check the other roses along the picket fence. None, thank God! I breathed a sigh of relief. It seemed the beetle might have been alone.
Then I remembered the John Cabot Explorer Series roses at the back gate...
Sure enough, there were beetles hiding in every rose cluster! I tried to knock a few of them to the ground, but they took flight. I had no idea the damn things could fly!
I need help from those of you who have been fighting this invasion force for sometime. What do I do to control Japanese beetles?
At least their appetite seems to be limited (so far) to my roses.
The baby bunnies, on the other hand, don't seem to be nearly as selective. I crossed paths with this little fellow just the other evening. He did not seem to be afraid of me, but rather regarded me with frank curiosity.
On to other garden news. In the front beds, the Tigers are showing off their summer spots.
The Brown-Eyed-Susans shining are in all their late summer glory.
Providing a counterpoint to the bright orange Tigers, are the paler cantaloupe colored daylilies and a number of varieties of phlox.
I have to say, that I am disappointed with my Asiatic lilies this year. The white ones in front garden are beautiful, but the pink lilies in the back garden have failed to put in an appearance.
Here is my favourite Yarrow.
Most striking of the perrenials in the front garden is this Rudbeckia. The plant easily
has to be as tall as I am. (5'4")
This shot gives you some idea of scale. (That is an old well in the background.)
The combination of a late spring and a hot, dry July has meant that my Pee Gee (paniculata 'P.G. compacta) and Oakleaf hydrangeas (hydrangea quercifolia) are somewhat delayed in flowering.
Unfortunately, the recent host of problems are not limited to the front garden. We store our garbage and food waste compost in an enclosed storage area at the gate to the back garden. The doors to the storage area always remains closed and yet some nocturnal creature has been managing to squeeze its way in each evening and tear everything to shreds.
Yesterday, I found that one of the biodegradable bags of food compost had been lifted out of its locked green bin and spread all over the ground. What a smelly mess!
I suspect there is a clever racoon at work. How he is getting in there is still a mystery. We have checked for holes or some sort of gap. There is none.
When I went to check on my tomatoes, I found the biggest slugs I have ever seen in my life. They have been feasting on my tomatoes. I swear they were over an inch long and fat as can be!
Do I remember rightly? Can you drown them in shallow dishes of beer or is that some other insect pest?
I want to end on a more positive note.
I had written in one of my last posts that my hostas had finished blooming. I had forgotten all about a few of the late bloomers.
The hosta pictured here is easily the biggest perennial in the yard (about 3 feet in every direction). The blooms are huge and glisten with water droplets from yesterday's rainfall.
Along with the slugs, bugs, racoon and rabbits has come some much needed rain!
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