Grape Vines … TLC

Yesterday, I whacked the weeds under and around the grape vines, for air circulation – and to prevent the weeds from competing with the grape vines for resources.

And then this morning, Jerie pruned the vines, removing ones with the black rot, pruning excess leaves, and making sure the growing clusters of grapes weren’t touching anything.

After that, I sprayed them all sides wet with Serenade.  Which contains QST 713 strain of Bacillus subtilis.

This was for the black rot.  Where the grapes get black dots, which quickly grow to consume the whole grape, leaving ugly black dried out dead grape in its place.  Very contagious too.  Vines with bad grapes get black streaks in them, I noticed today while spraying.

I think we got this early enough, this time.  Most grape clusters are unaffected.  The few infected clusters are at the stage where a few grapes have black dots.

 

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Zoomed in on a Gladstone

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The Gladstone blossom opens only for a few days.  So, it needs to be especially enticing.

To that end, in the blossom’s dark orange center, there’s a pool of sweet syrupy liquid (clearly visible above), with which the flower of the Gladstone water lily attracts its pollinators.

And in this one (from our pond today), you can see entombed in that clear sweet syrup, a bug.  I’m betting it stayed too long.  And in that blissful syrupy late afternoon, did not notice the petals slowly closing around it, as the sun began to fade, until, it, was, too late.

What’s also neat about hardy water lilies, is that their flowers close up under storm clouds too.  So, I’ve seen them open and close more more than once a day.

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Red Hot Pokers

Red Hot Pokers

Red Hot Pokers

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Maple, and Stumps

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and then some …

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Glorius

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A Tiny Dew Dropped Spider’s Web in the Grass

 

What I saw, while walking …

It was so small, I drew a blue circle around it

It was so small, I drew a blue circle around it

Inside the blue circle

Inside the blue circle, is the spider’s web.

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Tiny dew dropped web in lawn

Zoom in on the above, and you can count the dew drops.

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Man vs Nature

Slowly giving way …

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The Gladstone

A flower from one of our Gladstone water lilies.  Taken this week.

The petals of the flower, are over exposed.  But their reflections on the flat watery pond surface are not.  Beautiful.

The Hive

With the hive just opened, Boris walks …

And, here we see Kath, the Bee Master, taking off the gloves – watch out …

 

Frogs

Four frogs have worked themselves into the floating algae mat, largely submerged … counting on some bugs dropping in.  Won’t be long.

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Love the way they blend in.

Frog Map: top center, upper right, lower left – and the obvious fellow in the center.

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