One whole beautiful blossom among the carnage.
The other barrel planter was not quite as bad yet!
Budworm caterpillars prefer petunias, geraniums and nicotiana. They like to chomp on the blossoms first, and then the foliage. They do not become butterflies. They become moths.
I have been picking them off with my fingers. Some are quite big and fat but most look just hatched and pretty small. I am not squeamish about picking them off with my fingers. Not sure if I got most of them or not or if I should try some kind of poison.
Update: The neighbor thinks they are cutworm caterpillars, and I did buy some spray ortho that said it was for caterpillars. I don't think I can pick them all off!
Several of my window box geraniums had been attacked. I purchased $1.49 seed geraniums from Kmart for the window box pots. Normally with a little fertilizer and warm weather, the seed geraniums do well and are quite large by the 4th of July.
As you can see some of the geraniums were okay but I went ahead and planted the geraniums in a flowerbed and planted 2 bedding coleus plants in the 13 window box pots. Not sure how this will work out, but I would hate it if 5-6 of the geraniums didn't make it or were spindly all summer.
But just when gardening frustration peaks, I see a beautiful cranesbill in a nice tidy mound in full bloom. I guess I still like flower gardening!
Many of you caught a glimpse of my old buggy wheel in a previous post and told me that you hoped to find an Amish buggy wheel to put inside the house. Here is mine, leaning against the siding, flanked by hostas and a cream can, and in the front, a Lady's Mantle and wooden dutch shoes.
Rust is a must in a good junk garden. Rusty cow bells on the cream can.
More Lady's Mantle in full bloom with rain drops sitting on the hairy leaves.
More Lady's Mantle mixed with variegated Solomon's Seal.
If anyone has any advise on the budworm caterpillar problem, please let me know as it is affecting other plants too, just not as severely.