Re: Re: HYB: Aging Seed Pods
In a message dated 7/5/2006 11:25:43 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<<Anner -- This method that you and Ellen use seems to be about the most
practical -- especially for those of us who may have some lavender around,
but not much old lace. >>
What about length of cheesecloth wraped around and secured with a small
rubber band, Griff?
<<Weather is still a mystery. You and I are only about 90 miles apart in
similar climatic conditions, but I have seen virtually no aphids this year.
They were all in my yard.
I try to be mellow about the little things, but this was beyond that. You
can only blast away with the recommended "strong stream of water" for so long.
If you hit the clematis with a stick they fell off like rain and they were
sucking the life out of it. I put a glug of Murphy's in the pump sprayer,
filled it at the tap, agitated, and drenched the whole shebang. You see, the fluid
flows down into the crevices and floats things out. It appears to have a
washing- off action, a soap-contact-killing action, and a
residual-oil-film-smothering action. At any rate, I've not had more trouble with the aphids and I
don't see any clear evidence of borer at this point. Which is not to say there
would have been any inevitably, you understand.
<<application of granualr Merit in mid-February, as usual. My guess is
that the prolonged warm spell in January got the critters hatched and gave
them a head start.
You see, we still don't know enough about those foul cooties. How much cold
can the infants take? Do we know? I have been told that around here there
definitely can be more than one generation a year, or else there is one very
erratic hatch. Infants have been found along with fully mature
borers--caterpillers, I mean.
Do you think the rain might have impacted the Merit? Washed away the
I found the most stunningl tomato hornworm this morning. He was noshing on
my Garden Peach, a funny little tomato I like to use for salsa. It is about
the size of a clementine, the color of a banana, but with a rosy cheek, and it
is fuzzy! Amazing little fruit. Too good for hornworms.
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