Lilacs and Ants


one of the pouffy rhodies

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Waning Moon 4th Quarter Pisces
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Venus Retrograde
Rainy and cool

The Lilacs are absolutely intoxicating this year. Sometimes, when there’s a breeze, I have to stop whatever I’m doing and just inhale. Or, I sit on the deck in the afternoon, lean back, close my eyes, and enjoy. Lilacs are out for such a short time, so every moment is savored.

The big old lilac bush in the ground here, with both purple and lavender lilacs, is gorgeous. My little Boomerang Lilac, on the deck, from White Flower Farm, is blooming beautifully this year. It, too, has a gorgeous fragrance. The small lilac from Arbor Day Foundation is growing well, as are the two from Miller Farms — the Miss Kim and the Edith Cavell. None of them will bloom this year, but I have high hopes for next year.

The Stewartsonian Azalea is in full bloom, and is gorgeous. The pink, pouffy rhodies are starting, and they’re gorgeous. The tulips are just about done. The little vegetables are doing well, and can be transplanted next week.

I put in the peas, spinach, bok choy and radishes on Monday, I’m preparing a small, circular bed for herbs/medicinal plants in a rather barren patch, and EVERYTHING is mowed. Although, by tomorrow, I’ll have to start again in the front!

The ants, however, are back, and in force, in the front. I hate putting down poison, but I have no other choice. I clear one section — they pop up in the next. I’m getting very, very frustrated.

I’m enjoying every moment in the garden, even the wet ones! If I could just convince the ants to stay down by the road instead of coming towards the house and messing up the whole front lawn, we’d be perfect!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. josh_meehan
    Jun 13, 2020 @ 20:55:28

    Hi!

    Ever get those ants to cooperate? My Miss Kim is under siege and I, like you, loathe commercial pesticide.

    Great journal! God bless you 🙏

    Sincerely,
    Josh

    Reply

    • devonellington
      Jul 02, 2020 @ 11:10:12

      Thank you! I’m using vinegar, water, and peppermint oil around the Miss Kim. I’m spraying the vinegar solution across the doorsills and window sills regularly. I broke down and bought some Raid for inside the garage! I’m going to do a mix of baking soda and vinegar and put it down all the drains, which usually helps. They seem to be coming up the drains, when they’re not coming across the doorsills. Good luck!

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