Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Rambling,Father's Day, PITA, spam,gardening,nature, dreams, etc.

Posted Monday, June 20, 2011, at 8:12 AM
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  • The hunt is on. One of my few tomato plants has a visitor eating the leaves. Everything about it says tomato hornworm, but I can not find it!

    The plant is not huge at the moment and after the rains we had this weekend there is no tell-tale poop on the leaves, but it has to be there! UNLESS, the birds we have been feeding for years did their job and picked it for me.

    They are right in front of me as I sit here working, so maybe I will be able to thank them. In fact, I need to go out right now and check again.


    Nope, no hornworm. I did find one smaller caterpillar but this one was in a different area and had not inflicted the same damage.

    I have no real issue about killing these guys but when I catch them, I usually move them to survive, or not somewhere else. Of course, I may stack the deck a little by putting them next to the bird feeder, but....;-) (That's a wink in case you did not know)

    It is still before the opening bell so instead of returning to work, I pulled some grass out of an iris bed and tried to teach PITA how to weed. She carry a few but then decided it was better to smother them with her body. She laid on top of grass an iris alike.

    The squash got planted espoontoon. along with some Chilean peppers. They sure are pretty as they ripen. One of Melissa's friends ate them straight from the bush and kept a straight face, so I might try them myself, after I get a six-pack.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 21, 2011, at 7:31 AM
  • We finally gave up on trying to have beautiful tulips each year. It seems that the squirrels had a different idea about where the bulbs should be planted.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jun 21, 2011, at 9:45 AM
  • My tulips never seemed to get enough chill and got weaker each year, but now that global warming is here, they might get the chill they need.

    Maybe we should invite some squirrels to our garden club to find out their theory on tulip distribution. I bet it was at least a surprise each spring.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 21, 2011, at 11:07 PM
  • Steve, would you like to have some celosia seed? It likes sun, grows and spreads (from seed) like wildfire...just ask espoontoon!

    -- Posted by wildflower727 on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:24 AM
  • You have HIS variety?

    Sure, I would like some. I like things that reseed. They go well in my wild gardens this year. (similar to wildflowers, just the whole garden)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:55 AM
  • Uh-huh. That stuff should be on an invasive plant list. I've pulled up thousands, and continue to pull them up. I have a feeling I'll be dealing with them for a long time....

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 11:26 AM
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