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The Attack of the Japanese Beetles

While they are not terribly unattractive, they are terribly destructive and have nearly stripped the leaves off the old Siberian Elm out by the north deck. And strewn across the area lies the detritus of their voracious  appetites:  lacy leaves and insect poop. An incredible mess and a bad influence on the ground cover underneath the mess.

I've raked and swept, but my approach is ineffectual. On the upswing, we put out pheromone traps and wow were we amazed at how quickly they filled up. Hoping that they enjoyed the rush and are under control.

The 4th went well. Whole family showed up and we had an interesting array of appetizers to eat. There was swimming and talking and a celebration of Jade's 13th birthday. Only Tai has not crossed the threshold into adolescence but it won't be long.

Tomorrow we are celebrating my grandson, David's 30th birthday. It is a surprise party and totally put together by his fiancee plus being held at their house, thus all I have to do is bring potato salad. My kind of party.

Harvested a number of eggplants and pulled the first planting of carrots. There is now room to plant more green beans. Also scored jalapenos and Anaheims. The husband is picking green beans. I could have picked collards but got tired so will do that tomorrow. In spite of the drought there is produce and the tomatoes look better than they have in years.

Ready to cast on the 2nd sock. Finished " Every Man Dies Alone, " and was impressed by the book, but that deserves it's own entry.

Currently reading "Just Kids" by Patti Smith chronicling her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, another good read.


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Jul. 6th, 2018 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aww the surprise party is such a nice idea :) What a total sweetheart to do that for her guy!

There are some kind of bugs wreaking havoc, here, as well... I don't know what they are but my neighbour just hacked down a big bush because of them. I was sad to see it go, but it obviously had to be done.

Nice cake! Cute kid :)
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:46 am (UTC)

They are so cute. Thought he'd never find a girl,  but they make a perfect couple.

I hear Japanese beetles are bad all over, nasty fuckers!

Of course I think she's a cutie.

Jul. 7th, 2018 02:56 pm (UTC)
Aww that makes it even sweeter <3
Jul. 6th, 2018 03:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, I wish we were harvesting more, but so far it's just been some string beans. Sigh...
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:38 am (UTC)

And my beans are doing nothing, go figure.

Jul. 7th, 2018 10:55 am (UTC)
And somehow I am seeing this as a metaphor for life. :P
Jul. 6th, 2018 04:15 pm (UTC)
Nice looking eggplants.
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:39 am (UTC)

Best eggplants I've ever grown, they must like this intolerable heat.

Jul. 6th, 2018 04:24 pm (UTC)
What an awesome cake!
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:40 am (UTC)

I liked it too, but I didn't make it.

Jul. 7th, 2018 01:15 am (UTC)
I don't like bugs. Period.
Cute birthday cake!
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:41 am (UTC)

Bugs are a nuisance. Kid picked out her cake from a picture.

Jul. 7th, 2018 01:19 am (UTC)
I HATE. HAAAAAATE. Japanese beetles. They are so insanely destructive and are never not out of control.
Jul. 7th, 2018 10:41 am (UTC)

Agreed, never seen them this bad.

Jul. 7th, 2018 08:55 am (UTC)
Glad you had such a wonderful 4th July! Happy birthday to Jade :)

That's a good harvest from your garden. Fancy getting eggplant already!

That's a good photo of the beetles. Sorry they're destructing one of your plants.

Jul. 7th, 2018 10:43 am (UTC)

The eggplants are happy this year but not the beans.

Having appetizers only was a big key to success on the 4th, too hot to be hungry any way.

Jul. 8th, 2018 11:24 am (UTC)
Would that be because it has been too hot for your beans?

Appetisers sound like the way to go!
Jul. 8th, 2018 12:37 pm (UTC)
I have wondered if the heat was the problem with the beans. Lots if blooms but nothing setting on.
Jul. 9th, 2018 10:47 am (UTC)
Ah, something must have happened at blooming time perhaps.

Dad started top get burnt beans at his place, so he built a couple of shade houses to garden in. He has limited water.
Jul. 9th, 2018 08:03 pm (UTC)
Your garden pickings look great! I hate those nasty beetles too. Hope you got them under control and no more damage.

Sounds like a nice 4th of July. Appetizers are always fun.
Jul. 11th, 2018 06:32 pm (UTC)
The garden stuff is very welcome, now the beetles are in the corn grrr...
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