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Monday, September 01, 2008

Didja Miss Me?

I (heart) stink bugs; this is an adult southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula. Stink bugs (heart) a broad range of garden plants and this one is found here on a heart-shaped morning glory leaf. This morning glory (hearts) the bronze fennel or anise, foeniculum vulgare, that is serving so nicely as a support for its vines. The fennel, now a couple of years old, must (heart) the place it's growing as it reached close to 7 feet tall this summer with minimal supplemental watering before it started flopping over. At the end of autumn the morning glories will be pulled out leaving seeds behind for next year, the fennel stalks will be cut back to the ground awaiting the spring to regenerate from the roots, the gardener will be cleaning up her trimmings and hoping for rain; and the stink bugs? Well, I'm not sure whether they overwinter as adults or eggs or both but they always show up in late spring and its usually the adults I see first.

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