September 19, 2018
Posted in Gardening on September 11, 2018
By Sally McCabe, PHS Associate Director of Community Education
It's Time to...
Check your roses:
This morning I rode through the drive-through at McDonald's. Often they have neatly planted if not even neatly maintained landscapes around their locations, and many of them are planted up with knockout roses. Knockouts were the answer to all of our rose problems a few years ago, but now the problems have caught up with us. The dreaded fungus of Rose Rosette disease shows itself this time of year with gnarly red new growth and really hairy stems. You can buy a few more years by pruning out to below the ugly stuff, but remember to rinse your pruners in hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol between cuts. On second thought why bother?-- they all already have it if you're pruning them. This fungus is spread through the roots, so you'll see it go down the line in the landscape from plant to plant.
Appreciate the monarchs:
and not just the ones on reruns of Game of Thrones. Those beautiful striped caterpillars that are currently decimating the milkweeds in my Dad’s yard are bulking up for the long road to Mexico. Yesterday we observed all the different stages of development, from tiny worms, through wrinkly butterfly about to emerge from the chrysalis, on to empty shell abandoned by the full-fledged butterfly. This “super generation,” the fourth of the year, will emerge, feed, and head south, often a mile up into the atmosphere, to overwinter in another country, regardless of whether a wall has been built or not.