My hubby Aaron and I spent the weekend in Green Bay for Packers training camp! We are HUGE Packer fans so this was pretty cool for us to be up there on the first day of practice.
If you go up to training camp this season, here's what you'll see:
Brett Favre jerseys (Packers AND Vikings jerseys...strange I know). Grown men getting emotional when a Packer gives them their autograph...we REALLY saw a guy from London get a little choked up when A.J. Hawk signed his hat. People wearing Packer pajamas and Packer bikinis and you'll see little kids with their bikes waiting for the Packers to ride their bike to and from the locker room to the practice field
Speaking of the kids on bikes. The tradition of the players riding bikes from Lambeau Field to the Ray Nitschke practice field is fun to watch. I mean come on, giant men on little bikes - hilarious! Aaron and I were standing right behind a few 8 year-olds waiting for the players to come off the practice field.
The first player off the field, wasn't a player any of us recognized. He walked up to the first kid with a bike and asked for a ride. The kid said, "No. I'm waiting for Donald Driver."
Can you believe that?! Turn down a Packer. Kids really have no filter like adults do. The player laughed too because it was pretty funny!
Eco-friendly Control of Thrips
Poorly developed flowers, stunted plants and silvery streaks on leaves are indications thrips may be feeding on your plants.
These tiny insects have file-like mouthparts they use to puncture the outer surface of leaves, stems and flowers and suck out plant sap. They are very small and difficult to detect. Hold a white piece of paper under the plant and shake. Or remove the petals of damaged flowers, place in a sealed jar with 70% alcohol and shake the jar to dislodge and detect the pests.
Control is difficult and often not needed as the damage is discovered after the thrips have finished feeding.
Provide the proper growing conditions and care for your plants. Avoid excess nitrogen that promotes lush succulent growth these pests prefer. And remove spent flowers that tend to harbor the insects. Manage weeds in the garden and keep thrip-susceptible plants away from weedy areas where the pest populations tend to be high.
A bit more information: Beneficial insects like predatory thrips, green lacewings, minute pirate bugs and some parasitic wasps feed upon plant damaging thrips. Invite these good bugs into the garden by planting a diversity of plants and avoiding persistent pesticides. Visit the University of California IPM online for more details on this pest.
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If you ever get a chance to see Milwaukee from the water...do it! I don't know what it is about the water but everything looks beautiful when you're on the water. I took these over the weekend and just looking at them calms me. We have a beautiful city enjoy it and enjoy what's left of summer:)