I’ve just returned from a week’s vacation visiting family back East.
First thing I do after greeting the cat is go have a look at the garden. Of course, everything has grown unimaginably -- the peaches are ripe and the naked ladies are in full bloom for the first time since I planted them two years ago. My husband has done a fine job of watering the pots.
I check the pieces of Japanese aralia cuttings I have rescued from an acquaintance’ s foreclosed garden. I am trying to root them. It’s an experiment -- one cutting is in earth, stuck unceremoniously in the rose bed, and the others are in the bucket.
Hooray! The earthbound one has rooted! The bucket, however, is another story. To my horror, it’s full of wriggling mosquito larvae. They will have to go.
Such is the fate of standing water here in Solano County. All those unused and uncovered pools, abandoned buckets, any container that can and does hold water becomes a mosquito nursery in the summer. I’m emptying that bucket ASAP.
The cuttings? I’ve stuck them in the rose bed, too.
-- Riva Flexer