One rutabaga, two rutabaga, three rutabaga, four, please tell me I will not have to eat, one rutabaga more! As a cabbage/turnip cross and being nutritious and easy to grow and usually high yielding, I, for one, would need to be threatened with a jab in the eye with the dull end of a sharp stick, before eating a rutabaga or turnip. But, I digress.
As you peruse the airport gift shop, you become aware of tiny plaintive voices calling out, “Help me”, “Help me”! And, there they are, exotic cacti, boxed and waiting to be purchased and shipped to Uncle Fudd (I had one) in Maine or Aunt Etoile (I had one) in Kansas.
Lo, the aphid—the bane of all gardeners. Closely inspecting the colorful “plant louse” will reveal that both winged and non-winged female adults appear to be engaged in a delightful dance. While siphoning plant sap from tender, new plant tissue, they are producing copious amounts of honeydew.
Don’t you just love to prune? Yard trees, shrubs, berries, hedges and, most of all, fruit and nut trees are calling you to get out the hand clippers, loppers, hedge shears, pruning saws, pole pruners, and for me personally, the chain saw
Why are we talking about vines this time of year? Possibly because “fruit of the vine, bottle of wine” and a warm fire make for a very nice time! Or, more likely, planning for covering an outside wall or fence with a highly fragrant honeysuckle or jasmine vine this spring.