Now, the gophers are gone, the roses are blooming again, a few Dahlias have sprouted.  Now is the season of dead Alyogenes (blue hibiscus) and my time of painting rubbing alchohol on the branches of my one tree to kill the white  scale. Here is a picture–the scale looks prehistoric. You can take a toothbrush and dip it in alcohol to rub off the bugs, but it takes time and patience.

Some happy things: lots of yellow squash from the vegetable garden, green beans, eggplants and sunflowers, too.

Diseased branch

 

The dreaded late summer scale
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