Their baa-ack -- Chilli thrips
A couple the few roses that are left have shown the streaked and twisted buds that are characteristic of Chilli thrips infestation. I went ahead and removed them.
One was replaced by the giant red crinum that Barbra passed along. I'm eager to see how it does in the better location. The other rose was replaced with short red foliaged/red flowered canna and short yellow flowered canna from Lowes sale table. They look great in a pot surrounded with red and yellow flowered fruit cocktail shrimp.
I haven't seen reports of either cannas or crinums being affected by chilli thrips. Has anyone else? We shall see.
I have several young agaves generously passed along at plant swaps, and by friends, waiting in the wings to replace other plants that show chilli thrips damage.
YUCCAS: does anyone know (Mara, Joey?) if yuccas can be rooted in the summer? Will the trunk live if left tall? My neighbors have some that I can try rooting.
I'm thoroughly enjoying the changes. It took a long time, but I'm learning to embrace them. They are going to happen anyway so why not?
Anyone else seeing damage from chilli thrips? If so on what plants?
Here is a link that might be useful: Thread with chilli thrips information which I hope you will never need ...