Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Diabrotica undecimpunctata--Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Cucumber beetles can damage cucumbers, melons and other crops, but I have never seen them do much damage in a home garden. I think they are almost as cute as lady bugs, but they are considered a pest.
Dune Tansy. Cute little button flowers and lovely mounds of ferny foliage, this native of coastal sand dunes needs plenty of drainage. Hardy to 15 degrees F. Spreads by rhizomes, and the leaves smell like camphor. Blooming now at the UC Botanical Garden.