The good, the bad, and the ugly...
Happy Saturday, all,
As the title of my post suggests, I've got a little bit of everything to share with y'all today. First, some good :) My Kelly Moragne inflo is now fully developed and absolutely gorgeous...even my "eye-roller" had to admit it ;)
By the way, as a child of the 80s, I have been a Beastie Boys fanatic for most of my life, and Adam Yauch's sad passing yesterday leaves me feeling like I've lost a friend...so that one above is in his memory. RIP MCA.
So, also from the Terrace of Too Many Plumerias, my Kona Candy is starting to bloom. Whoever named it got it exactly right--doesn't this unopened bloom look like a confection? Like it's made of sugar? I think so:
I'll post another photo of KC when the inflo gets going, but that flower went on to open yesterday while I was at work:
The colors are amazing! Just like cotton candy.
Meanwhile, downstairs on the dock, we have the bad and the ugly...
Sigh. It became apparent to me over the course of the past week that, in addition to my iguana problem, the dockside trees were infested with a tiny black insect that leaves little specks of poo behind. I'm guessing it's thrips, but who knows? It can be so hard to tell. Most of the plants have malformed leaves, which I've read can be a sign of thrips damage.
Whatever it is has left my magnificent Haleakala inflo completely devoid of flowers. It's sad--it looks like an abandoned skyscraper:
And, insult to injury, notice the adult spiraling whitefly laying its eggs on the underside of the one leaf...yeah, thanks for that, SUCKAH. The only happy note in this picture is that the tree already popped a new inflo, which you can see behind the first one. I have high hopes for it!
On the iguana warfront, the news isn't much better. After reading that iguanas don't like the taste of neem, I sprayed them good. That didn't seem to work, so four days later I sprayed the underside of the leaves with garlic-serrano spray, but I must have burned the leaves, because as of today the trees are dropping their leaves like flies:
There may be a bit of good news here. There seem to be a lot of half-eaten leaves, as though the iguanas started eating them, but then (muahahahahahaha) their mouths started burning:
Lastly, although my trees are enduring regular iguana abuse, they are tenaciously holding on to their inflos. Let's hope that these inflos don't end up like my sad Haleakala. Here's Lilikoi (the tip on the right is now deformed from multiple occurrences of iguana attack):
The Lilikoi's new growth is badly malformed from the thrips or whatever the hell it is that's eating it. Here's Julie Moragne, also with a bunch of half-eaten leaves:
Well, to borrow from Garrison Keillor, that's the news from Lake Iguana-Thrips, where all the trees look like crap...LOL
Enjoy your weekend, everyone--I hope we all have lots of sun and warmth.