The cicadas damage continues to mount. My apricot tree continued to bleed sap and is now completely dead. My 20th century pear tree fruiting for the first time is now a black mummy that looks like it died from blight. One of my Venus dogwoods weaken and loosing bark from a late winter freeze last year at the Don Shadow nursery died. The other one continues to loose branches. A couple of plum trees are looking pathetic.
The Japanese beetles weren’t as bad this year and are just about gone. I was disposing of two to three bags of beetles from my traps daily. I have an area around my fruit trees that had a heavy infestation of June bugs as well as the Japanese beetles. I’ll be treating the area with Milky Spore just before the next rainy spell. A couple of years ago I treated an area around a large hackberry tree and see very few beetles in the area.
I have pictures of some of my late blooming daylilies and some in re-bloom and also a retired sprinkle can which no longer holds water that I made a planter out of.
On the hooligan front, Blackie decided to play with a skunk just before my open garden brunch. Patches was bitten by a snake and kept picking at the wound until she got it infected. While the girls were chasing rats, Levi did guard duty watching me while I worked in the garden transplanting iris and daylilies.
Check out this weeks Grit blog post: Living in an I Love Lucy rerun. One of my pictures was used on page 4 of this month’s hard copy. My first picture to get published.