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Sunday, June 12, 2011


That's me holding a container of live ladybugs - it's out of focus because I'm so nervous my hands are shaking :) Last year the pecan tree was just eaten alive by aphids, so this year I thought I'd be pro-active and buy ladybugs to eat the aphids before the aphids could eat the tree. You can buy them at the hardware store where they're kept in the refrigerator. The cold supposedly makes them dormant, but mine seemed pretty lively. You're supposed to first water the area where you want them, then place them there at dusk. I was hoping my sister could help blind-as-a-bat me do this, but she couldn't, thus me being nervous. I thought I'd sprinkle a few of them under the rose bush, then put most of them under the pecan tree, but the whole ball of straw they were sitting on fell out under the rose bush and I had to pick it up and carry it over to the pecan tree - yikes! I hope all goes well.


Anonymous David Smith said...


Wow. And here I thought three ladybugs in the bathroom meant good luck. It's a little disillusioning to know that you can buy them by the dozen, frozen, at the hardware store. But they are lovely - even though I realize you're buying them because they're killers :o)


12:17 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi David,

Yes, I feel a little guilty about that :)

12:32 AM  
Blogger MadPriest said...

Ladybird tagliatelle?

3:39 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi MadPriest,

Nooooooo! Yuck - there goes my appetite ;)

12:07 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

They must have been happy to get out of the refrigerator.

Is it still possible to get to your post on Tower of Babel etc.?

1:21 PM  
Blogger crystal said...


The old post still survives, but it's missing its photo of a tower of Babel painting. The blog was a group blog and I was the only Catholic - the others were mostly Quakers. I think now it's still going but under different people.

2:11 PM  

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