Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

Sawfly larvae

Oh, yuck.  Those little monsters are back again, feasting on my White Dawn climber in the front.  I gave them a dose of insecticidal soap yesterday but that didn’t see to banish those hungry little beasties.  So, I resorted to violence.  I plucked every little shoot that had little dark spotted webs and stomped on them.  I must admit that was rather therapeutic.  I checked the old un-named climber in back and didn’t see anything on it, but I’m sure I will see signs within the next day or two.  I’ll need to check every day and get rid of the larvae when I see them.  The good thing about these little green worms is that they grow up and fly away.  But until then, they seem to hunger for my climbing roses.

Today was the first day I could get into the garden this week.  Rain, cold, and work kept me out.  I dug up an old peony and gave it to a friend.  I warned her that peonies don’t like to be transplanted, but she was willing to take the chance.  I plan to plant four more emerald arborvitae and the old peony was in the way.  My friend Maja was alarmed that I was going to banish a peony, but perhaps I will get a new one and plant it some place.  Maybe it will be white.  Or, red!  I love red.  Anyway, today I did some weeding.

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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