Friday, May 21, 2010

I Guess It's Too Much To Call Them 'Third-Week-Of-May-Bugs'

*sinks to knees and shakes fists at the sky*

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!



Junebugs. Japanese Beetles. Feasters of Flowers and Foliage.

I found this one snacking on the last of my bearded irises. Actually I found two, but the other one drunkenly high-tailed it when I caught them.

When I first started gardening, I tried Junebug traps. Which actually work, in case you're interested. But with every Junebug that perished in the trap, there were ten more happily chewing away at my roses. So I don't bother anymore...

Captain Obvious says 'Junebugs also mean that June is coming!'


June. The month of sweltering heat and the start of hurricane season.

Oh well, I get to enjoy the last part of it next weekend with four days off for my birthday! Having a birthday on May 31 in North Carolina gives me an excuse to have a last hurrah for spring.

Chuck and I are going to go up to Virginia to see Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. I'm so excited! We're also going to visit James Madison's house at the same time, which is about 30 minutes away from that. Be ready for some pictures!

I know that there have been many posts about visiting Monticello on Blotanical, but maybe I can capture something differently than everyone else. I have a knack for that. :)

20 comments:

Bernie said...

Happy birthday for the 31st. Hope you and Chuck have a fantastic time at Monticello ... I for one will be looking out for your photos. I'm sure they will show your view ... and will be different to the others.

Hope those June bugs don't stay around for long! I also hope your summer is not too harsh - fingers crossed there won't be too many hurricanes. We have the same thing during our summers here ... only we call them cyclones.

The Idiot Gardener said...

A gemini, eh? May 31st, eh? That's you, me and Feodor I, Tsar of Russia.

I'll drink to you if you drink to me!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Forget about June bugs. Just have a fabulous birthday Kyna!

Amy said...

I just noticed the junebugs a couple of days ago, too! Hope you have a good trip and birthday and I look forward to your posts!

AaronVFT said...

Hope the bugs won't ruin your plants!

Liza said...

You'll love Monticello! It's beautiful.

Rainforest Gardener said...

Ha! I love the photo of Rachel Dratch! I actually never thought about what junebugs eat before, but then again I've also never had any roses either.

Kyna said...

Berinie: Thanks! They say that because of La Nina, we'll have a worse storm season. We haven't had a major hurricane in 5 years, I think we're due for one. Thanks for crossing your fingers! Hope you don't have bad ones either!

IG: Actually, even cooler than Feodor is Clint Eastwood and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. My May 31 mates :D

CVF:Thanks! I'll be 29. No matter what the number of the birthday, I'm still excited! :D I'm planning on being 29 for the next 20 years though! :D

Amy: I bet you sighed heavily when you saw them as well lol. :)

Aaorn: I don't think it'll be too bad this year...I don't have too much stuff in my garden that they like ;) Except the roses...and like I said, they're only good-looking for the first bloom anyway...

Liza: Thanks! I'm so excited you wouldn't believe it lol

RG:Yeah, I didn't mean to get Debbie Downer on everyone lol. The eat other stuff too...hibiscus especially. And irises, I found out from the otehr day.

gippslandgardener said...

I'd heard of a June Bug but had never seen one before. I complain about aphids on my roses, but I guess there is no such thing as a super-sized ladybird to eat June bugs, so now I count myself lucky!

Have a wonderful Birthday Kyna and enjoy the next decade or two of being 29!

Kyna said...

Jeez, did I have enough typos on my last comment? lol

Gippy: I have no idea what would eat Japanese Beetles, but I don't think they're eating them fast enough lol.
Thanks for the b-day wishes!

Floridagirl said...

Ooh, I've always wanted to visit Monticello. We've vacationed in D.C., Annapolis, and Williamsburg, yet we've never been to Monticello. Can't wait to see your posts! Happy almost-birthday!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Have a great trip, Kyna! I was eating the gardens of Monticello with my eyes, but I left a lot to see for you too! This trip - what a great gift for your B-day! Don't forget batteries for your camera...

Jayne said...

I've heard Monticello is lovely, but I've never been there, I'm sure you will enjoy it. Happy birthday for the 31st! Hope it's a good one.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Kyna, have a great birthday trip!

Hey, if Junebugs eat ants, they are welcome to mine. :)

Ben said...

Hey Kyna the soil the gardenia's are in is good old Georgia red clay... I didn't even add any amendments when I plated them surprisingly. the light is part sun with most of the sun in the morning then filtered the rest of the day. I never water it and the soil there is Moist well drained. Why they are even alive right now is beyond me :). maybe they like neglect ?

Noelle said...

Oh, I have heard about Japanese Beetles, but have never seen one before. I do hope that they do not do too much damage.

I hope you have a great time on your trip. I can't wait to see pictures!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have read a number of in depth books about Jefferson. He was some man in his time and would be today as well. I was fascinated by his architecture and design skills.

Jess said...

I went to school up there and Jefferson is almost treated in Charlottesville like he is still alive and kicking and is going to walk into his front door any minute now. I hope you have a great time, and Happy Birthday!

camissonia said...

Happy Birthday, Kyna! My husband is a total American history buff and has always wanted to visit Monticello. We were in DC about 15 years ago and saw all the great buildings & monuments there, but never had a chance to venture over to Virginia, where more historical sites abound. Can't wait to see your photos of the trip!

Shyrlene said...

Happy B-Day Kyna! I suspect, with that twinkle in your eye, you certainly know how to celebrate - no matter where you are! -Shyrlene