The best of gardens can be known not by the fact that problems never arise but by the fact that they are quickly and properly dealt with. Sometimes our difficulties drag on for years. Sometimes we don't know what to do.Sometimes we don't know what to do. Sometimes we don't know what to do. Sometimes we don't know what to do.
Oak tree worms. Maybe gypsy moth? They don't seem to be causing any real damage.
The camellia sasanqua gets galls in the spring. One somebody told us there was nothing to do, they're going to die, might just as well pull them up and plant something else. We've been pulling the ugly parts off and throwing them in the woods for eight or nine years, the bushes seem perfectly happy.
Two shots of galls. Too bad there aren't shots for galls.
Our plum tree blooms late February. Sometimes that's ok. Usually that's too soon. One year we saved the crop by running sprinklers on the tree for three nights. One year we didn't.
Summer of 2003 - weird weather and something wrong with the Japanese Magnolia.
In 2004 the regularly scheduled late freeze came at a particularly bad time. Heroic measures were taken.
Sometimes the instructions are wrong. One year (2005) we ignored the mix strength ratio we wrote on the side of the sprayer (1 & 1/2 tbl. per gal.) and followed what was on the bottle. We may well have killed our old plum tree.
Summer of 2006 now and it's not dead. Whew. It has lost several limbs and will need serious pruning. The baby trees came through it better and will likely bear again next year.
Same summer and we've decided to try vegetables again.We made an abundance of everything we planted the first couple of years, then developed a problem with (nematodes?) the roots of tomatoes and squash getting all knotty and the plants withering just before they bear. Finally we gave up. Now we're experimenting with growing the plants in compost instead of the ground. After a few weeks (coldest May on record) they're growing, and the squash is covered with blooms, but a couple of the plants are getting covered with what looks to be mold.
This may be unrelated, but early in the morning, before being watered and with no dew in sight, the leaves are edged with drops of what appears to be water.