Even under all of my fussing and care, the garden has begun announcing that it is under siege, and I am now springing into action. The first worrying signs appeared on my purple verbena and my thyme. They seemed to be bleaching in the sun, their leaves lighter and spotty. Leaning in for a closer look, I discovered the culprit--spider mites. For the organic gardener, the only thing to do is reach for the Neem oil.
|Study the leaves carefully, and you'll see that the one in the|
center is showing the signs of spider mites
|The lower leaves may be damaged, but I'm encouraged by|
the condition of the new leaves
|Here's 'Olivia' with her unwanted guests tucked away within|
|It's turned into a dirty Japanese beetle condo!|
|One seems to be a little heavy...|
Since I don't want to struggle for years to come, I will be spreading beneficial nematodes and an inoculation of milky spore. They proved very helpful when we had this problem before, which was when we lived in this area 10 years ago.
I love watching the flowers of Gaura 'lindheimerei' bending and bouncing as a bumblebee grabs on for a taste of nectar.
It's not all bad news this week, though. As I carefully comb over the garden for the unwanted pests, I have found so many other wonderful creatures.
|A tiny frog rests amid the Hydrangea 'Limelight' foliage|
|These fellas are hard to capture on camera|
|As soon as these opened, I ordered a|