I’m going to be pretty busy this week with some work projects so blogging will be irregular.
It occurs to me I haven’t done any garden blogging in a while. It feels like spring has gone forever this year, but that’s just because we never really had a winter. In March we had some near-90 degree days, but then April turned cold: last night it was down into the 30s!
This means my garden has been very confused. When it turned hot in March, everything bloomed all at once: the lilacs, the irises, the tulips, all of the flowering shrubs and trees. And then all the blooms dried up and went away. So my usual showy spring display — a pop of spring colors and aromas staggered over two months — was pretty much kaput in three weeks. Damn you, climate change!
Right now everything looks a little overgrown:
Pest control is always a huge problem for me. Usually I just douse everything in insecticidal soap and hope for the best, but this year I decided to experiment with some beneficial insects (I find Arbico Organics is an excellent source, though I’m sure there are plenty of others as well). I’ve already dumped a few thousands ladybugs on my roses, and sprayed some green lacewing eggs around. The lacewings hatched and went to town on the aphids after the ladybugs went off to parts unknown. I’ve also got some praying mantis larvae pods strategically attached to problem areas. Those haven’t hatched yet.
So far, so good. The aphids that were destroying my roses have vanished, and some other problem pests haven’t made an appearance yet. Hard to tell what’s the work of the beneficials and what’s the work of the squirrely weather.
So, how does your garden grow?