Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer when the heat and humidity are often just too much for a gardener to work outside. Our multi-legged gardeners are very much at work, though!
In the Four Seasons Garden, the lovely yellow-twig dogwood showed symptoms of problems caused by pests…possibly Japanese Beetles eating the leaves (above left) and deer rubbing on the strongest branch (above right). The rubbing caused the branch to turn brown and slightly shrivel. Bed Leader, Jean, along with Master Gardener Volunteers, Janelle and Brenda decided that the best step to limit the possibility of pathogens to move in and cause disease and further damage was to cut out that branch. To make sure of a proper cut, a clean, sharp pruner was used.
In the same garden, Clethera Sweet Pepperbush (above left and right) is blooming and lightly scented and attracting many pollinators. Nearby, Echinecea Sombrero Salsa Red is still blooming.
Late summer leaf interest was spied on the Eastern Redbud (left) and the Patio Peach (right).
Master Gardener Volunteer, Ruth Johnson, pointed out that studies show Eryngium Yuccafolium Rattlesnake Master attracts the most pollinators of any other plant. Wonderful information you can learn by just strolling the gardens and really looking at the specimens.
What a surprise to catch Virginia’s state insect the Tiger Swallowtail. Female because of the prominent, more numerous blue markings on the tail. Males have only 3 smaller blue spots. Below, right is the larvae.
Above, left, on a leaf, is the Ailanthus webworm moth; best viewed by double-clicking the photo to enlarge it. On the right is its larva.
Our favorite type of gardener can be easily seen in the garden, keeping it trim and at its prime.
Take a walk along the paths for ever-changing views.