I have problems?

I've had a few problems in the garden recently. I know we all do, as summertime is often rough on our plants, at least when compared to the version of the garden that lives in our heads. You know the one, where everything looks perfect with no work and no attention, when you never have to water or prune or weed or deal with herbivores.

In the real world though things happen, and I've found a few problems. Or have I? Starting with this Ligularia 'The Rocket' that has something weird going on with the leaves.


At first I thought this was just drought damage, but that didn't make sense because we've had a lot of rain recently. Looking closely, you can see that something else is going on...

...that's insect damage! And sure enough, when I checked under the leaves...

...hey -- where did the little fuzzy caterpillars go? Earlier in the day when I first noticed the damage there were about ten of the little nibblers under here, but when I got around to taking photos later in the day -- no sight of them!

I searched quite thoroughly but no sign of them on any leaf or anywhere near the plant. Did a wren find them and have a nice meal? Those birds are the best at hunting under leaves!

Anyway, that problem is no longer one it seems. Hooray!

One that is not going to solve itself though is the pond. I went down there after the rains stopped as I was eager to see it nice and full and refreshed, but something was wrong...

...and I'm not talking about the super-limp Petasites either. The real problem is that there is way too much of the "beach" showing:

The water is so low!

Lower than it's ever been! There must be a rip in the liner...


Take a close look at the photo. Do you see the little puncture marks that look like, oh, maybe raccoon teeth or claws were involved? Grrrr.

At least there's still some beauty here (Thalia dealbata):

I'll have to do some repair though and get that water level up. Soon.

One other problem that I'll only briefly mention is the new deer:

Not that one specifically, as it's fine. I'm talking about the newborn that died on the sidewalk across the street. That was a sad day last week. Sigh.

Any problems worth mentioning in your garden?


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Lisa  – (July 12, 2016 at 8:44 AM)  

Why in the world would chewing on rubber liner seem like a good idea? Nature baffles me sometimes!

Mark and Gaz  – (July 12, 2016 at 2:50 PM)  

Oh my, poor deer :(

And what a hassle with the pond liner! Can it be repaired easily with a butyl tape?

Salty Pumpkin Studio  – (July 12, 2016 at 5:59 PM)  

Prayers you and the garden have better days

Anna K  – (July 13, 2016 at 12:00 AM)  

It died on the sidewalk? Aw, poor thing...
Glad the birds took care of the first problem, but the rubber liner - yikes! That's a big one... Like Mark and Gaz, I'm wondering if there is a decent way to repair it. Otherwise you are in for a lot of work. :(

outlawgardener  – (July 13, 2016 at 11:18 AM)  

So sad about the fawn dying on the sidewalk. Silly raccoons! Hope you can repair the tear either with tape or with the black foam that the box stores sell to fill gaps in ponds.

Andrea  – (July 13, 2016 at 9:25 PM)  

Oh i smiled at the already gone larvae. We have lots of problems, but they are not as nice as the delights we see most of the time.

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