Moth Identification

by Leslie Cox; Thursday; June 8, 2017

white moth - wing markingIdentifying moths can be tricky. Mainly because they look so very different from their caterpillar larval stage. Add in colour variations in their wings differing from region to region to region…plus the lack of information both in book form and on the Internet…and well, it is a tough job putting the correct name on your specimen.

Yet…this can be a very important piece of data for the very health of your garden. Mainly because these adult moth forms will give you a clue whether your garden could be facing a pest infestation as soon as the eggs hatch.

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It’s been a while…

by Leslie Cox; Wednesday; June 7, 2017

Geranium sanguineum 'Max Frei'It’s been a while since I have posted anything on my website. The simple reason is…I was locked out. And it has taken this long to gain access once again. Frustrating.

My website has been plagued lately by a barrage of attempts by nefarious people to gain control of it. Since the beginning of April, there have been over 1200 attempts. Why? It is just a simple venue where I share stories, information, and recipes relating to things of a horticultural nature.

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This week in the garden…

by Leslie Cox; May 28, 2017

chestnut treeAs sure as spring follows winter, sun follows rain, and heat follows cold. At least when we are talking about the weather. And for the latter…the thermometer has definitely been creeping up. We have resorted to working in the garden in the morning and in the evening, using the afternoon for chores which either keep us in the shade or indoors in front of a fan.

Or…we just sit under the chestnut tree, admiring the garden while sipping on copious glasses of water to re-hydrate ourselves.

As much as I curse all the chestnuts this huge tree drops every autumn…because they cannot be just dumped in the compost, but rather, must be gathered and bagged for garbage pickup…right now, as the heat starts to gain momentum heading into summer, under the chestnut tree is the coolest spot to be. It is easily ten degrees cooler in its shade…a real blessing after working hard in the garden all morning.

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