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Harmonia axyridis

In other words…the North American Ladybug.

Yes, this little alligator lookalike bug is the ladybug larvae (baby).

 

And this is the beautiful Ladybug they turn into:

Adult Ladybug
Adult Ladybug

Do you know how beneficial ladybugs are to our gardens? Well, these little bitty girls and guys just love, love, love to eat bad bugs such as aphids and scale. So, please, don’t kill the ladybugs. And when you see aphids or scale on your plants, why don’t you just let nature take its course instead of reaching for the insecticide? Once the ladybugs are in your garden, they will eat all the bad bugs. Just be patient.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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“Most Beautiful Garden” Contest

Hello there!  How’s everyone doing on this Tuesday morning??

I want to start a quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) “Most Beautiful Garden” contest for Lake Helen. More info will be posted after I get all the details worked out.  Let me know if you have any ideas or thoughts on the subject.

Does your garden have what it takes to be a contender?

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Butterfly Garden

I am so extremely excited!  Why, you ask?  Well, the City of Lake Helen has asked me to design a Butterfly Garden to be installed on the grounds of our historic and beautiful City Hall.  How cool is that!  The Garden is in honor of Mr. Don Findell who was our City Administrator for twelve years before retiring this year.  Mr. Findell is a huge fan of nature, so the City feels the Garden is a very appropriate way to recognize his service and also be a relaxing, enjoyable place for the people of Lake Helen to enjoy.

Look for future posts on the design and installation process.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs