Mandrake Pests & Aluminum Foil

Aphids are foiled!

Mercury to the rescue! I noticed that my mandrake babies were looked a little down in the mouth, and an examination revealed a massive infestation of aphids and spider mites. Yes, it’s my fault–I’ve been ignoring them.

Washing off the leaves by holding the plant upside-down in a gentle spray of […]

Buds!

Tasmianian violet, jasmine, and stephanotis

I bought several tropical plants a few months ago. One of them is stephanotis, a plant which has fascinated me for years on account of its scent. But I had heard it could take years to bloom (ten years from seed). I decided to go ahead and get a […]

Out in the garden!

I ended up being able to use a raised bed after all (maybe two, actually, since one I cleared just to make it look a bit neater has not been used). I got a very late start this year, latest ever, so I went through my seed stashes and chose a crapload of oldish seeds […]