- Grandview, Texas
|2 Jan '13 8:16 pm|
Haven't posted much this year. It is rather hard to be upbeat and post anything when you have failed, yet again. And this is after all, the premier garden blog. Three years running. No garden. It is hard to perceive this year to be worse than 2011 with no rain, but. My poor, beloved tatty garden has lost more this year to the grasshopper horde than anything the other two years. Two thirds of my cherished iris: gone. All of the amaryllis: gone. Six more roses: dead. All of last fall's new daylilies: dead. New iris ordered last fall, seven out of twelve: dead. Both double rose of Sharon: touch and go. And. It is not like you can rally, excited to buy new roses, iris or anything else that is a late spring, summer, fall plant. They will be back, in force. Will be prepared to kill them while they are small, but question how successful that will turn out. So this year was one of massive garden depression. Even my flower beds are hideous, I let weeds and grass take over in hopes the grasshoppers would eat them instead.
Am not sure how things will go, three years older, dodgey knees, prone to being laid low by rheumatoid arthritis for long lengths of time. How much longer will I get to garden at all??
Moosey, you asked about what grasshoppers do. Well. Walk out to your garden and do more than wince when you look. No roses, not one leaf, bud, full-blown blooming rose anywhere. Anywhere. Yes, all five hundred plus in dire shape as summer proceeds, and they also chew the branches and stems. No leaves or flowers of daylilies, iris, azaleas, not sure about rhododendrons -the flowers and buds definitely gone. All of your ornamental grasses, the leaves on your hazelnut orchard, etc., etc., etc. New Zealand natives might fare better, but they would have chewed-on places. Chrysanthemums are supposedly safe, but as they devour everything else, they get chewed on too, but not to the point of dying. Grasshopper knees? Am more than sure you would come to despise them, too.