A New Day….

After a week of blustery rain, the sun came out today and the garden came to life. I was glad to spend time outside with my plants. There was a bit of wind damage, but rain has a way of making plants look so vibrant and fresh. A good flushing does wonders.

I assessed the garden to see what kind of damage occurred from yesterday’s hailstorm. This echeverria’s tender leaves show how hard the hail came down – hail holes! Fortunately, that was the worst of it.

Damage from hail

I had to fill up the bird feeders because the birds were out en masse and they were hungry! This pretty little bird is a House Finch.

I found a special treat today – a new butterfly just emerged from its cocoon. It spent the day sunning itself, looking more vibrant as the day went by. A little miracle….

3 thoughts on “A New Day….”

  1. Leslie,
    I wish I had pretty butterflies like you! Instead I have ugly terrible bugs that are killing my brussels sprouts. What should I use to keep bugs at bay?

    1. Sorry to hear about your bad bugs! You’ll have butterflies, too. In the meantime, try spraying down the brussels sprouts with a jet of water to wash the bugs off. If that doesn’t take care of it I might try a very diluted solution of dishwashing liquid and water. An easier solution is a spray bottle of Safer Insecticidal Soap to spot treat. I think you can find that pretty much everywhere.

      I had gray bugs on my brussels sprouts and cabbage that look like ashes. The rain seemed to take care of most of my problem but I’m keeping an eye on it. Good Luck!

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