June 11, 2009

Battling Bugs and Birds

This has certainly been a strange gardening year so far. Our roses are going bonkers, and as you can see in this picture, this bush is producing 5 or more secondary blooms around a middle bloom. It's quite an amazing spectacle and I have no idea why it's happening. However, the other thing that you can see in the upper corners is the white BT powder that we're using to try and ward off a little wasp that is feasting on most of the rose bushes. One bush in particular is about to disintegrate! So, tonight we're going to resort to a non-organic spray and hopefully that will do the trick. We'll be careful not to spray it on the sidewalk or porch so we can cut down the chance of tracking it through the house. The other battle out front is with a couple of swallows, truly beautiful birds, who have decided that the top of our shutter is the only place on the face of the earth that their nest can be. DH removed it, but of course they're back at it today, and I can't go out on the porch to water flowers without getting dive bombed! Not cool!! We won't do them any harm, but we'll be glad when they get a clue and relocate.

These are the first of our mini bok choy plants to be harvested. The egg of course, is just to give you a size perspective. These are called baby pak choy to be exact, and the verdict is still out on them for me. If you look at the one on the far left, you can see that even at this small size it has begun to go to seed. And the other issue is that the bugs have really loved them too- along with our pitiful looking eggplant bushes!! My thought at the moment is to go back to the slightly larger size of bok choy plant. However, I'll be using these pak choy in Pad Thai tonight and the taste of these little veggies will be the real deciding point. Last year I posted the guideline for making Pad Thai the way we like it. I posted it again, on the Favorite Garden Recipes part of our blog, so click the link and try it!

We're saying special prayers today for my 99-year-old grandmother, who just got out of the hospital with a touch of pneumonia, and for my sister and brother-in-law who are on the road to Alaska. May God bless them all.


  1. baby bok choy is our favorite veggie to eat. we like to just sautee it with some chicken powder and minced garlic.

  2. I think I'll try your suggestion since the flavor of it got lost in our Pad Thai. Thanks!