Three Four links this week:
- Carey Goldberg, The Key To Gardening Without Blowing Out Your Back? It’s Not What You Think
- UMass Agricultural Extension, Landscape Message: June 26, 2015 [Ed.: Defoliation by winter moth caterpillars and gypsy moth caterpillars was of particular interest to me. They did a number on oaks in the area this year.]
- North American Butterfly Association, Massachusetts Butterfly Species [Ed.: We’ve been seeing a lot of what think are fritillaries on our butterfly weed over the past couple weeks.]
- UMass Fruit Advisor, Easy Peach Pruning
In other news, our butterfly weed and New Jersey tea have been in full bloom for the past couple weeks and are now a bit past peak. The butterfly weed is a magnet for honeybees and bumble bees. (Yesterday my son and I sat down in between two big patches of it and just watched the bees for 10 minutes.) The New Jersey tea is a magnet for other, smaller pollinators, none of which I recognize – small wasps or wasp-like insects maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. As the butterfly weed and New Jersey tea fade out it looks like the echinacea is about the open up. Brown-eyed susans, blazing star, Joe Pye weed, and Culver’s Root shouldn’t be far behind.