Japanese Beetle Damage Plus A Big Surprise

Hello folks! I hope this post finds you all well. On July 5 I posted about the Japanese Beetles and having to move the plants to the front porch on the 4th. The next day was weird. I expected to see the Japanese Beetles still feeding on the trees just like they had been prior to the 4th. Now, they had been here on the trees for several weeks, just not so many. On the 5th, it was like 99% had left or died. There are still a lot in the trees, but not anything like there were. The yard between the shed (where the plant tables are) and the chicken house has three big Chinese Elm trees. The grass is covered with dead leaves

I took the photos in this post today, Sunday June 8.

 

The patch of Violas along the shed covered with leaves. It was worse than this a day or so earlier but the wind blew some of the leaves off.

 

The shed is sitting inside of the foundation of grandpas old garage and the potting table is behind the shed. The floor and potting table is covered with leaves.

 

This is the tree closest to the shed and the one with the worse damage so far. A few of those limbs were dead already. Chinese Elms are a pain in the neck anyway and I am continually picking up after them. Every year the leaves are somewhat see through by the end of summer, but the plants easily adapt to the slow change and even welcome more light as the summer progresses. It worked out pretty well even though I had to remove leaves from the pots off and on. When you first take plants outside in the spring, they need to become acclimated to more light gradually. Under the elm tree was a great place because there was shade in the beginning. Then gradually, as insects ate holes in the leaves, there was more light.

 

The table with some of the cactus and succulents is along one side of the shed. They were covered with dead leaves and there is still a lot and they continue to fall.

 

The Billbergia nutans looked at me and said, “Ummm… Can you get this crap off of me?”

Then I went over to the shade bed to get a few photos. I had watered the evening before and washed a lot of the leaves off of the plants. I should have taken photos before I watered, but I was running out of light.

 

The shade beds are under two Chinese Elm trees and a Maple. The light has completely changed…

 

The Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’s thought winter was coming and the trees applied a mulch of its leaves… I told them if it was winter in July I was leaving.

 

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ is a bit uppity at times, and sometimes has a lot to say. Right now, she is completely speechless. This is no time for more sun because it is still way to hot. Later on would be fine as cooler temps approach.

 

Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is to busy strutting right now but would prefer the leaves from the trees would fall somewhere else.

 

She is blooming late this year… Seeing this flower brightened my mood a little so I took a few photos elsewhere.

 

The Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) I moved here from the bed down the street this spring are now flowering. The foxtail needs pulled out of the bed AGAIN…

 

I noticed the Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’) next to the back porch is contining to do very well. I am so glad I put it here.

Yesterday I was very shocked and surprised at what I found when I was watering. Something I absolutely did not expect to find. 

 

The Colocasia esculenta in the left side of the north bed has a flower… I was really surprised! They always flowered up a storm in Mississippi but have never flowered here since I have been back. It has been SIX YEARS since I have seen a Colocasia esculenta flower! The Alocasia bloom all the time during the summer and are sweet smelling. The Colocasia flowers stink really bad…

So, it just goes to show you gardening has its ups and downs. The moles are still working in the flower beds and sometimes I need to fill in their runs before I can water. I also realize that the Japanese Beetle problem could be much worse next year and think I need to check on the cost of milky spore to apply to the yard. At least where the Chinese Elm trees are and in the flower beds. That will help control the larvae and perhaps the moles.

Well, that’s all for now. Take care, stay well, safe, and positive. I hope you are finding time to GET DIRTY!

8 comments on “Japanese Beetle Damage Plus A Big Surprise

  1. Pixydeb says:

    Wow – what a flower to find, I love it! I wonder what has changed to make it flower this year. I definitely think I’d want to get a nematode for those pesky beetles.
    The weather has changed here and we have cloud cover for the first time in 3 weeks & im not at work so I’m going to get out and get dirty in my own yard (as you would say!) and do some much needed weeding and then planting

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    • NICE, Pixydeb! What are you planting? I have no clue why this Colocasia has a flower. What is even weirder is that it is only June. I checked old photos and the Colocasia esculenta in Mississippi didn’t flower until September. I will look into nematodes, too. The right kind. Thanks for the comment as always! 🙂

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Oh my gosh, you do have a bad problem with those JBeetles. Definitely get milky spore. You won’t be sorry. It lasts 10 years or so. We could tell when it wore off and needed another application.
    Isn’t it fun to find a bloom that you don’t expect?! It is like a precious gift. I have never seen these plants bloom. I have had them off and on over the years. If I thought they would bloom like that I would try them again. Fun.

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    • Hello Lisa! I’m not sure where the cut-off line is for them to flower. I lived in zone 9a or b in Mississippi and 6a here. I didn’t have to dig up the bulbs there like I do here either. I was even late planting the bulbs this year so this was a very welcome surprise. I’m not even sure when it started because it is completely hidden from the front. Thanks for the comment as always. 🙂

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  3. Jim R says:

    I’m reluctant to click Like on your post due to the mess left by the beetles. Damage in our and the neighbor yards is not so severe as yours.

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  4. Six years is a long time to wait for a flower – you are very patient. Those beetles seem to be doing a lot of damage. I’m glad we don’t have them.

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    • I never really expected the Colocasia to flower here anyway because our summers are shorter than in Mississippi. So, it was a big surprise. I am glad to hear you don’t have Japanese Beetles, or at least that you have seen. Thanks for the comment and always great to hear from you, my friend!

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