Espalier apple follow up post

A few months ago I explained that I have a Jonagold apple tree that I am making into an espalier apple tree. Today I noticed that there are a few tiny apples starting so I decided it was time to put on the footies to keep the coddling moths and apple maggots away. One side of the branch has been covered and the other shows the size of the fruit. Check back later in the season for the progress on this project!

July 2, 2013 progress



Hummingbirds Vs. Bees

I don’t remember having this problem last May, but this year the bees have discovered my hummingbird feeder. Not all three feeders, just one with yellow flower openings.

I tried several potential solutions for the problem and the following did not work:
1. Take the feeder down for several days.
2. Paint the yellow flowers red with nail polish (someone suggested that bees are attracted to yellow?)
3. Move the feeder location10 ft. (Do the bees smell the sugar solution?)
None of those actions deterred the bees here.


Then I read that bees can not hover and feed as hummers do and that a light spray of oil will not allow bees to land. Some suggested pan spray and others said any oil spray would work. Negatives about this idea are that hummers could get the oil on their feathers. I decided to try the oil and it does keep the bees away, so far.

Rose Pruning at Point Defiance Rose Garden

Saturday March 2nd was the Tacoma Rose Society volunteer pruning demo and rose work day in the garden. This is my new favorite garden, or perhaps I should say, it is my favorite West Coast garden. When we were talking and pruning we came across some common rose problems and I thank my friend Jo for having her camera ready because I did not even bring mine!
Pruning with my new @Corona Comfort Grip Pruners

Have you seen a cane with a circular hole?

The wasp larvae are a few inches into the cane. Not all the way down.

We saw a lot of Crown Gall but not much of this Stem Gall.

Two steps forward, one step back

Some days it feels like the insects are winning. I like to grow roses and they are especially attractive to insects. I struggle with my wish to not pollute the world and also to have beautiful roses to enjoy. The resolution to the struggle is leaning toward stop the pests on the roses that are having problems and (light colored roses, yellow) and let the rest grow. I have identified Leaf hopper as today’s pest but I think there is more going on here.


Bud trouble on ‘Walking on Sunshine’.

Leaf hopper