This year’s crop of grapes is small, and won’t be ripe for at least another month, but I was reminded of what we have to look forward to by this photo of a prior year sent in by neighbors Roy and Mary — thanks for sharing!
Summer is here and all of the plants have leafed out.
The various clumps of dianthus growing along the fence seem to have generally survived the winter and are blooming again.
Just as the plants are springing back into life, so are the insects that feed on them.
A number of the tiny elm trees espaliered into the fence have numerous leaves covered by tiny sack galls. Inside each is some type of insect, although I’m not certain whether they are aphids or mites. The result is somewhat unsightly, but reportedly doesn’t do significant damage to the plant.
More concerning is the invasive spotted lanterfly, which for the first time I have spotted in nymph form. The fact that these are black rather than red indicates they are a still at an early instar; they will turn red when they molt in a few weeks, and then assume their winged adult form later in the summer. They love to suck the sap from newly growing grapevines, and I’ll need to put some effort into limiting their population so they don’t do too much damage.
I love the way the globes of these alliums intersect and overlap, like adjacent spherical pyrotechnic bursts.
This azalea bush looked a little forlorn over the winter, but has made a wonderful return.
This week’s warm weather has encouraged the grapevines to open their first buds.
The daffodils have been in bloom for two weeks and show no sign of stopping.
One of the earliest blooms on our block.