Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Crazy Birthday & End of School Week

It's been a busy week with two birthdays at our house and school coming to an end. A dear friend was kind enough to send this pretty bromeliad arrangement to me for my birthday last week.

Last week I visited a friend's garden. She is concerned that her zinnias are dying. As you can see, they look pretty bad...


I examined the undersides of the leaves carefully, but could not catch anything in the act of munching on her flowers. I did notice some white spots on the surface of the leaves. I wonder if the zinnias have more than one enemy in this case. If any of you have an idea what she can do, please let me know and I'll pass along your words of wisdom.

I continue to be tempted by shade plants lately. This Ligularia was definitely calling to me on my return visit to the nursery.

I wish I had more time to blog this week. Once school is out I hope to be back in the cyber swing of things.

8 comments:

Pam/Digging said...

Happy birthday, Dawn. Enjoy your downtime from the ever-hungry blog, and have a great week!

Dawn said...

Thanks Pam!

I didn't expect to feel guilty for not posting on my own blog, but I do. At least it's a fun addiction. ;-)

Cheers!
Dawn

M Sinclair Stevens (Austin) said...

My birthday was last week too, the 18th. When was yours? Maybe we're long lost twins separated at birth.

Happy birthday.

Dawn said...

Happy Belated Birthday MSS!

My birthday is the 15th and my son's is the 20th. Small world, huh? :-) Hope your day was very special and full of lovely flowers.

Best Wishes,
Dawn

Annie in Austin said...

Hello Dawn,
Happy Birthday to all three of you - you, your son, and MSS!
I have a mid-May child, myself and it was always a pleasant time of year for celebrations outside.

I don't know what's wrong with those zinnias, but they look pretty bad. Maybe it's bugs, or it could be letting the plants get too crispy before watering... ! They might outgrow it but if they're dwarf zinnias they'll be stuck down at soil level with the slugs and bugs.

Annie

Dawn said...

Thanks Annie

I'm not sure if the zinnias are dwarf or not. If they were yours would you spray them with something or just try moving them?

A very happy birthday to your May Child as well. :-)

Take care,
Dawn

Andrea's Garden said...

Hi Dawn, I hope you had a nice birthday! I don't know what is wrong with the plant in question. Usually, they can take about anything. Enjoyed your blog! Hope you will find time to blog more. In Germany the kids are out for two weeks now, but they will have some time to go before they are out for the summer. Greetings from Germany, Andrea

Dawn said...

Thank you, Andrea!

Sorry it's taken so long for me to respond to your kind comment. I've been having medical tests, but I'm feeling much better this week.

I hope you enjoyed your two weeks with your children home from school. Hopefully you will have a lovely summer vacation filled with flowers and fun.

Regards,
Dawn