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June flowers

comments (0) June 29th, 2013 in gallery
diggininthedirt diggininthedirt, member
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What a great time to be in the garden...everything is just bursting with color; lilies, coreopsis, bearded tongue, clemantis, and even my St. Johns Wort decided to bloom this year! Dianthus and pansies still looking good, Geum, Red hot Pokers, cone flowers, sage, potentilla, obedient plant, lamb ear's, hosta, garden phlox, lavender, walker's low catmint,veronica and cone flowers are in amazing form with the black-eyed susans and hibiscus waiting their turn. My carpet roses, in less than ideal sunshine, are just starting to bloom as are the obedient plants.

Some annoying garden pests: snails/slugs...uggggg!! Spittlebugs and red lady beetles.

Picking off the snails is a daily task; I've tried saucers of beer, copper barriers, salt barriers, epsom salts, ammonia, attraction pellets, salt water spray plus other methods. They're all slightly effective, at least I think, till a day later I see several of the little nasties on TOP of some of the taller flowers, just waving in the wind. They're in the containers, and even manage to get into my hanging baskets. At night  they have parties and invite their friends, feasting on the tender foliage, causing significant damage and driving me crazy. 

For the red lady beetles, I've found sprays with imidaclorid to work great, it also keeps the japanese beetles off the hibiscus and roses. 



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