Battle of Mandevilla and the Case of the Missing Loquats

Mandy Mandevilla

Mandy Mandevilla

Those of you who are not familiar with Mandevilla I should tell you that it’s not in the Philippines and General MacArthur’s forces are not fighting the Japanese for it.  It’s a plant:  a very hardy and fast growing vine, normally (unless your roommate (RM) selects a diseased  plant) .  Its trumpet-shaped flowers come in assorted colors on varieties of mandevillas.  I have yellow and  red plants (Mandevilla sunmandecrim).  Actually, the yellow plant is called a mandevilla but it’s usually Urichtes lutea or Pentilinon luteum.  They can live in containers and even live indoors, but you better be ready to meet the Giant because they’ll grow up through the roof of your house unless you take control. Continue reading

The War of the Squirrels

Snail sign. That’s not good. Little ones– they’re more difficult to spot. Snails are slimy slugs with shells. I bought diatomaceous earth to put around the plants. It’s just like ground up seashells, only tiny diatoms. Snails won’t travel over that, cuts them up, like broken glass. Couldn’t use the diatomaceous earth because of the baby lizards and frogs. They hide from predators in the hibiscus and the mandevilla and just about all the potted plants. Will have to think of something else.Spider mites seem to be gone. I see an occasional white fly. Continue reading