I hadn't been to a concert with my parents since 1987 when The Beach Boys played at Summerfest. This year we decided it had been way too long since our last concert, so the entire family headed out to see Neil Diamond. It was the perfect concert for all of us. My parents loved it because it reminded them of a time when they were younger, my brother, sister and myself loved it because it reminded us of times our grandparents dragged us to Neil Diamond concerts at the MECCA and my 6-year-old nephew loved it because he got to hangout with his family and sing "TheShrekSong" or "I'm a Believer." I have attached a video of my favorite moment. Were you at the show? Leave a comment below of which part you loved most.
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:)