|Severe damage to one of my Russian Sage...|
|There's one of the pests that's to blame...|
I've tried the gentle method: a dish-soap & water solution, which worked to lower the Box Elder Bug population, but did nothing to deter these pests.
|My Veronica are also being attacked, but not as severely...|
|There they are, hard at work damaging my plants...|
I've tried an aggressive method: insecticide.
|The pests are also on my Liatris, and a variety of other plants...|
|But the damage to these other plants is somewhat contained...|
And I'm still loosing the battle… and I'm heartbroken, especially about that one Russian Sage which may be a complete loss… its my Prize Russian Sage - it typically gets taller than me each year (I'm 5'6") and provides me with wonderful flowers for arrangements… :(…
I'm also irritated at the location of the plants that are damaged, right along the entry to my home… grrr!!! I work very hard at tending my gardens, this is so discouraging…
But all is not bad news… elsewhere in the garden flowers are blooming & friends are visiting...
|Yarrow is blooming...|
|More California Poppies...|
|California Poppy closeup...|
|I picked my first two strawberries… yum!!|
|Another friend, this one sings to me in the evenings...|