Monday Memories

It’s another Monday Memories post! Bringing you things to think about during this time in horticulture =-)

Ilex VS The Asparagus Beetle


The spotted asparagus beetle – Crioceris duodecimpunctata.


Mother Nature sure knew what she was doing when she created asparagus.

Asparagus is low in calories & sodium. It is a good source of calcium, magnesium, zinc, folic acid, protein, vitamins B, A, C, E, & K, rutin, thiamin, fiber, potassium, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, copper, niacin, manganese and selenium, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that heightens the ability of insulin to transfer glucose from the bloodstream in cells. The amino acid asparagine derives its name from asparagus, as the asparagus plant is rich in this compound.

There are two kinds of asparagus beetle, the common asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi & the spotted asparagus beetle, Crioceris duodecimpunctata. Both feed on the tender young tips of the spear, but the spotted beetles larva tend to only eat the berries. How nice of them! =-)

The easiest way to catch these buggers is to have a cup of water ready. As you move towards them, they move to the other side of the stalk (quite funny to watch!) Put the cup under them & wave your hand near them. Their instinct is to drop to the ground, but instead, the cup of water will catch them. The larva and eggs aren’t as easy to remove. It’s the same method I use for typing… Hunt & peck.

Grasses for Fall Color

Grasses offering BURGUNDY fall colors:fall grasses

  • Panicum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’ – red switch grass – 3-4 feet high – Foliage emerges green with red tips, depending on the weather, may develop burgundy hue – Scarlet-red panicles emerge in mid summer
  • Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ – red switch grass – 4 feet high – Foliage develops burgundy tips in early summer – Burgundy panicles appear in mid summer
  • Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ – variegated maiden grass – Foliage remains variegated – Burgundy plumes fade to cream color
  • Miscanthus ‘Silver Feather’ or ‘Silberfeder’ – maiden grass – Foliage blends into burgundy, purple, and gold – Silver plumes in late summer

For more colors, please visit the full post!

 Salvias – Sage

salviaThese are very versatile plants. Members of the mint family, thus the interesting square stems. These have a long blooming time of May through October in shades of purple and pink. Salvia love sun and are fairly drought tolerant after about a year of establishment. The do like drained soils, so no wet sites. Mints tend to be deer resistant, for those who share their space with these guys. If cut back after flowering, a second flush of blooms will follow. Sweet!



11 thoughts on “Monday Memories

  1. Funny enough, my mom was talking about her salvia and deer yesterday. Apparently, they are shearing off the flowers and leaving them on the ground, without eating either the flowers or the leaves. Needless to say, she is not happy about it.


  2. I’ve never tried to grow asparagus. I know that it is difficult to get it to produce and that’s a challenge I’m not sure I want to pursue.

    I have tropical sage which is a salvia and Blue Indigo which returns each year and can be divided. It’s a reliable bloomer and not real finicky and neither is tropical sage.


    • Asparagus is a laborious install, however after that, a topping of manure each February and some weeding in the spring (shades weeds out after grown), is all we do. Keeping up with harvesting is a chore 😉 You must go out daily. Sooo worth it IMO.
      I bet the tropical sage looks fabulous!

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