Daylily gall midge

by Leslie Cox; Saturday; August 6, 2022

My Duchess of Dirt column coming out in the August 10, 2022 edition of the Comox Valley Record touches briefly on the Hemerocallis gall midge, also known as the daylily gall midge. I was not able to go into much detail about this pest in my column but said there is useful information on my website. Here is the link to that info on the insect pest page: Contarinia quinquenotata (hemerocallis gall midge).

I have also added some more up-to-date information about somewhat resistant varieties and cultivars to the gall midge.

Remember: Due diligence in removing all deformed buds is key to eradicating this pest destroyer of flowers. And please, spread the word to your neighbours, friends, and family members.

New pest insect ID added

by Leslie Cox; Tuesday; May 17, 2022

black vine weevilI have added some useful information about the black vine weevil – Otiorhynchus sulcatus. Find out the timing for its various life cycle stages, and more importantly, what to look for and where in the garden.

Most people know rhododendrons are a favourite food plant but black vine weevils also nibble on azaleas, Kalmia, Euonymus spp., and other broad-leaved evergreens, as well as hemlock and Taxus (yew).

Click here to learn about what this guy looks like and its habits. You can also look in Insects We Have Found in the drop-down box under In the Garden on the menu bar.

Welcome Spring!

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; March 20, 2022

Welcoming the first day of spring at 8:33 a.m. PDT today! Gardeners rejoice!

“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” 

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; February 20, 2022

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.

~ Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

Duchess in herb garden

Duchess of Dirt in herb garden

Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; February 6, 2022

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been,
I have great faith in a seed.
Convince me that you have a seed there,
and I am prepared to expect wonders.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Erythronium revolutum


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