Better dog news is Rodeo got to hang with a neighboring dog and loved running around the yard at what looked to be 100 mph. Kiana entertained Rodeo for hours which was great since he hasn't played that much since loosing his sister. On a garden note I have found beetles, bugs and lots of mosquitos! Ugh. Since this is my first garden in years I was not thinking about all the bugs out there. The beetles are very shiny and they are eating my sunflower plants which look like trees now. I have to update some pictures and show everyone how large they are. I have grown sunflowers where ever I have lived but they have never gotten this big. I can't wait until they start opening up and see how large the flowers will be. The squirrels are going to love me soon. They were all over them last year. Hanging upside down even to reach the specific one they wanted to nibble on. Picking cucumbers this week and making pickles over the weekend. I can't wait.
Jul 28, 2008 | 9:15 PM PST
I send my dog next door for doggie play dates sometimes, and all the dogs enjoy it. Today the neighbor's dog decided to come here to play without his owner aware of it. The beetles you describe sound like they may be japanese beetles. If you have a lot of them you might want to take some measures to curtail them...
Jul 29, 2008 | 6:36 AM PST
I heard from someone else on here that a WHITE bucket with soapy water works great for trapping and killing J. beetles. They are attracted to the the white, fall in and drown.
The goldfinches have been all over 2 of my sunflowers- the third hasn't even bloomed yet, but has a big bud getting ready too :)
Jul 29, 2008 | 5:57 PM PST
My suns are flowering, and they are so lovely, huh you guys? My yellow finches are enjoying the seeds too. Yeah, the Japies can munch everything skeletal so if you have a lot right now, you may want to hand pick and drop into soapy water. They won't drown in just water, they will be able to get out, the soap bubbles keep them submersed. Then after they are under control put those buckets of soapy water under the plants. Sue
Jul 29, 2008 | 6:06 PM PST
Nature comes with all kinds of different creatures. It would be nice if we could say to the ones that irritate us,"be gone", but it doesn't work like that. So we just try to kill them. That sounds terrible when you write it in a blog, but we are gardeners and that is our job.
You have a great day and happy gardening. The Hillbilly
Jul 29, 2008 | 6:11 PM PST
Japanese beetles have posed a big problem in our gardens this summer. While Japanese beetle traps are sold in many garden centers, some research has shown that the traps attract many more beetles than are actually caught. Our best luck in ridding our flower beds of these pests is to hand collect them in the early morning hours. We take an old canning jar fill it about a third with water and a squirt of dish detergent. Then with garden gloves on, we knock the beetles off the plant leaves into the soapy water.