Happy Earth Day!
I was admiring the tall stalks of the German irises today and I found one which appeared to have broken at the base! This sometimes happens because they can grow as tall as 5 feet sometimes but not this one.
Upon closer inspection I identify the offender! Iris borers! The stems had been eaten from the inside out and had a strong rotten smell.
The moth lays eggs on the plant and upon hatching the larvae bore into the leaves and rhizomes eating away destroying the plant. Removing dead leaves in the Fall where the eggs are deposited and spraying in Spring are key preventative routines.
Of course, I walk through the garden every morning so to have missed early signs means they must move fast!
I sprayed all the iris plants with a “natural” spray in an attempt to stop any other borers in their tracks! About ten years ago I had two large loblolly pines removed which were in the bed along the front of the house. The arborist did that stump grinding thing which created very good soil. The bed made a perfect location for a bed of remonte (reblooming) irises!
They were beautiful for several seasons until the iris borer moved in!
The purples bloom first, than the yellow and Bronzes, and in May the white, immortality, is the last. They rest in the summer and usually produce another stalk in the Fall.
I could continue posting pictures of azaleas…
So much to keep me busy and generally out of trouble!
Spring has sprung! Several weeks of warm weather has encouraged everything to grow!
The azaleas are blooming and so many others! The perennials such as the day lilies are growing, too!
On the South side of the front yard is the euonymus hedge with Keria and azaleas.
The viburnum mariesii shasta
The snowball viburnum
And more Formosa azaleas and viburnum
Coral honeysuckle with a Kwanzan Cherry finishing it’s bloom in the background.
When I purchased the house ten years ago I plant a few cross vines on two pine trees. They have covered the trunks but are so far up you can’t get a decent picture but the flowers fall to the ground as they age. On the left is Dragon Lady and on the right is Tangerine Dream.
A few Scilla are still blooming but the wood phlox will hide their dying foliage as they go dormant. The light in the morning gave everything a chartreuse hue in the garden.
And, of course, the typical Eastern Dogwood.
I did breakdown and purchased a flat of marigolds although the slugs and rabbits love to eat them. I will have to spray them with a pepper spray or one of those deer or mole castor sprays!
Tomorrow is another day…. to shop the plant dealers at The Farmer’s Market!