Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Passion: Gardening and its pests.......

'If prey is around, predator can't be far behind'.......that's the exact  scenario with gardening...
As soon as you plant, a immense number of pests and bugs, some visible, some microscopic move in to ravage your fruits of labor...
Bougainvillea looper on bougainvillea...


Caterpillar on geranium.........

Miner on petunia......

Aphids on mandevilla...

Aphids on hibiscus.......

Thrips on hibiscus...


Miner worm on rose.....

A fat caterpillar was munching away on my cucumber leaves...could have been a good lunch for bug-eating birds..

A hopper...it gave me chills....hot weather favors these insects...
I have seen crepe myrtle trees in Las Vegas loaded with pests..what if they flocked here!

Another hopper..

Another..

No clue what it is...looks like a tick...

Some rouge is cutting away my hibiscus buds...

Butterflies.......
Thinking how are the winged-bugs are harming crop...well, the adult form sips nectar but it lays eggs on the leaves, which hatch into larvae, which quickly gorge on the leaves...

Is it a honeybee or what? Looks scary with those big eyes..

Fungal attack on cucumber.....root is split at the middle...so, it falls off.....

Mushrooms/fungus...

Snails on rose, caterpillar on coleus, fungal attack on marigold and calla lily....the list is long....
But like all hurdles in life, they ought not deter an aspiring gardener..........
I despise the detrimental chemical pesticides...so I have a squirt-bottle full of concentrated detergent solution to kill the menacing aphids.........and the miners, caterpillars and snails are eliminated by just cutting the twigs harboring them........as for fungal rot, avoiding over-watering seems good enough...

Monday, August 29, 2016

Place: Sierra .........

I love Sierra........the alpine region of California....

The peaks, covered with fresh snow...
Just looking at these pictures on a scalding summer day has coolant effect....



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thought: Why people behave so stupidly?..........

Why people behave so foolish........endanger there own life and disturb others.
Everybody knows how harsh South California summer sun can be.
The other day it was 90 degree F and wind speed 10miles/h.
Two guys decided to lit the charcoal grill below the jacaranda just beside our house.
The smell of  kesrosene was pushed into our thanks....tahnks to the wind..
The blaze would make you feel pity for the green canopy of jacaranda...and the fire reminded of the devastating Sand fire...

Could not they have waited till sun was down....I would not dare stand in such intense sun..leave only stand by the fire and cook.........
We pay forty percent of salary to live in this house in a posh neighborhood in Irvine....
For these..
Year-round blooms.....

Tree-lined sidewalks...

Gorgeous flower beds..



Stately streets and promenades..









wildlife...

Also, because it has no bug problem, no vehicle noise, no chemical smell as happens in some cities (we had bad experience with it in San Diego)......
And here, some folks are creating yet another problem..

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Joy: Fruits display in house............

Pineapple and others......

Coconut and others.......

Banana......

Stone fruits....plum, nectarine, apricot...

Fuji apple, Ataulfo mango, banana.........

Fuji apple, Kent mango, blood orange, banana.........

Tangerine and mango...........

Gala apples..

Bananas...........



Friday, August 26, 2016

Food: Garlic toast.........

Who does not like garlic bread..........but I suspect cheeses are harmful
Excuse me, but my biomedical knowledge lets me hypothesize with some concrete evidence that cheese affects neural system.........
So, I did something simple...

Toasted bread......rubbed a clove of garlic...
It smelled of garlic...and we had the toasts with tea...

Okay for occasional use........the pungent smell lingers.......and raw garlic might not be its appropriate use...may be I should have roasted them..........
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