Saturday, June 28, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This is the work of a creature known to me as a cutter bee. I have never seen one. Apparently, they are very small. I have no idea what purpose they serve in the garden other than destruction.
This rose is the magnificent Dark Lady by David Austin. By the time this bee is done she will have lost over 75% of her leaf surface by my reckoning. Exactly how an herbaceous plant that feeds in part through it leaf is not harmed by losing leaf tissue is beyond me, but there are people who will swear that this bee does not harm the rose. But hey, I am not an entomologist, a botanist or a biologist. I am just a rose gardener who has spent the better part of 50 years growing and caring for roses. I can honestly say that I have finally met a challenge that makes me wish I had never planted a rose on the High Plains of Colorado.
As near as I can tell this “bee” is active from mid-June to mid-August by which time it has completed its nest and becomes dormant. It appears to engage in leaf cutting – the perfect semi circles you see – throughout most of the day. It seems to attack two or three roses in a garden most viciously. I have not been able to discern which roses are immune save miniatures. Perhaps it is the proximity to the ground that discourages the creature from praying on the smaller roses.
If you are planning a rose garden, check with your gardening experts to see if this pest is indigenous in your area. They may have more information about which rose to select to discourage the cutter bee. Once they start there is no getting rid of them, and for my part I find this heartbreaking. While the bloom is intact, the beautiful foliage is disfigured, and the rose appears to my non-expert eye to be weakened in subtle ways from season to season.
Friday, June 20, 2014
i live in poverty---actually according to some statistic i live below poverty---so why is there a war against me rather than a solution for me----i am a woman--so why is there a war against me rather than inclusion of me----perhaps we should change our outlook and rather than declaring war we might try declaring positive thought----seems lately that every election cycle we hear that this is a war for the very soul of america---why are elections negative--should be that elections are an opportunity to strengthen the well being of the american people (i am not sure if geographic lines have a soul)----race wars and gender wars---economic wars and religious wars---wars wars wars----our children are confused----we need to take responsibility for what we have told them................................
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Beautiful, solar powered gardening lights my husband gave me. The butterflies are in the Fairy Garden. The hummingbird is in the Herb Garden, and the little lantern is in the Sacred Circle.