Insect Infestation of a Variegated Agave

October 18th, 2020

This morning I noticed that my little variegated agave had some yellowing sections. I first thought it might be the result of too much sun, not enough water, or maybe both.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

On closer inspection I found an insect infestation.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

I used a solution of water, alcohol, and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap to remove the insects with cotton swabs.

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

Agave and Aphids

The agave was placed in a sheltered space in the greenhouse away from other plants.

How did I miss the start of the insect infestation? I have not been venturing out much because of COVID and the lousy air quality from the California wildfires. Not able to care properly for my gardens.

It is not unexpected to have insects, especially spider mites, in my gardens. We haven’t had rain for months. I did miss seasons and those all day rains that can occur in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest.

Agaves Allergic Reaction
Last week I began striping fiber from a dried agave leaf for possible use in a piece. What I found was the fiber was really too thin and that I am allergic to agave. I still have red welts on my arm. Today I tried to wear gloves when working on the little variegated agave, but it was too difficult to access small spaces. After I finished work, I washed my hands throughly several times. So far, no symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Agave Dermatitis UCLA Health


Thistle

October 8th, 2020

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle

Thistle


I Voted

October 6th, 2020

I was diagnosed with lung disease last year. Since March I rarely venture out. Not worth the risk of becoming ill or dying.

Rather than voting in person, I requested a ballot.

Received the CA General Election Information Guide.

Voted

Read through the pros and cons for the 12 Props. Marked my decision in the Information Guide.

I visited Voter’s Edge CA to read candidate statements running for local and state office, and information on the Measure to increase sales tax in SLO.

My requested ballot arrived. I sat at my desk and safely voted.

How do you return the ballot? It could have been mailed in the official postage-paid envelope. There are more than a dozen VBM Ballot Drop Boxes located throughout SLO county. My ballot was deposited in the VBM Drop Box at the SLO Clerk-Recorder Office.

In a few days, I plan to use tracking to make sure my ballot was not rejected for any reason.

Voted

Voting has always been easy in SLO, CA. When I voted in person, I rarely waited more than 10 minutes before receiving a ballot. It is outrageous that people in other states in our country must wait in line for hours to cast their votes.

Voting should be safe and easy for every person in every state especially during this election when there is a pandemic.


Butterfly–Gulf Fritillary

October 4th, 2020

Butterfly


Oakleaf Hydrangea and Knotweed

September 29th, 2020

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) and Pinkhead Knotweed (Persicaria capitata).

“Hydrangea


Drimiopsis

September 29th, 2020

Last night I noticed my Drimiopsis was looking a bit droopy. *I suspect I accidentally watered it.

“Moisture

Considering the normal habitat, probably too much moisture.

There was a new leaf in mid August.
Drimiopsis New Leaf

That leaf felt like the plant had been over watered. I removed the new leaf to prevent the possibility of rot.

Last night I removed the plant from its terra cotta pot and wrapped the roots in soft tissue.

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The roots were not near the bottom of the pot, but pretty sure too much moisture is the problem.

*I have the plants without saucers on wire racks. For some reason I had moved the Drimiopsis to one of the second shelves.

“Studio

Studio Plant Shelves photo taken 26 July 2020

Thinking maybe there was drainage from a plant above.

The possible good news is the bulb is still firm.

“Drimiopsis”

Drimiopsis 17 July 2020 shortly after its arrival and potting.

Plants of the World Online | Kew Science


Dandelions

September 24th, 2020

Dandelions are a particular favorite of my bunnies. Thought I would try to grow some.

Today I noticed something wrong with the dandelions. My first thought was ash from the wildfires. When I took a closer look, I realized that wasn’t the problem.

Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions

Cotton swab dampened with alcohol.

Dandelions

Bit disappointed that I will need to dispose of their dandelions.


African Violet

September 24th, 2020

African Violet

African Violet

African Violet

The last time it bloomed was in November of 2019, so a bit early.


Morning Glories

September 19th, 2020

Morning Glories


Oak Tree Litter and Eaten Pine Cone

September 18th, 2020

Acorn

Pine Cone

Pine Cone