Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crinum Lily


The drought tolerant and virtually maintenance free crinum lilies have been blooming like crazy, as shown in an older photo from our garden. We have them all over the yard and when they are in bloom, it is a color splash explosion during the warm months.

The foliage of the variety of crinum lilies shown in the photos are not very attractive in the landscape (in my opinion) . . . but they make it up with the explosion of colors when they bloom.

The irritating thing about this plant is that it attracts the huge grasshoppers that are such a problem to get rid of, although they don't do much damage to the crinums.  They are shameless!



What I love about the crinum lilies . . . they multiply profusely once you get them established.  They are easily propagated by dividing the bulbs.

Here are some links featuring crinum lilies . . .

Pacific Bulb Society 

Floridata

Doofus.org Crinum Page



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Monday, May 19, 2014

Beneficial Insects



Using beneficial insects has been one of the most effective ways that I have found in maintaining an organic garden.

Ladybugs are my favorite, but there are many beneficial insects already in your yard or you can purchase them at an organic garden center or online.  I always purchase mine online and have never had any problems!

I'll be adding articles and website pages of interest pertaining to beneficial insects as I find them.  Keep checking back for more information!

Click here to go to the article "6 Very Beneficial Insects: To Know Them Is To Love Them!".

Click here to go to the article "Good Bugs for your Garden" from Birds and Blooms

Click here to go to the article "Garden Bugs: Ladybugs for Aphid Control" from Birds and Blooms




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