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Garden Work

I love the days that I get to sign on a new R&G client. This cool project includes pruning of 23 Knock Out roses, cleaning out existing flower beds, installing new plants, pruning trees and shrubs, taming unruly vines, and fertilizing. Then I’ll be doing monthly maintenance on their gardens/yard.

Thank you to Jay and Kathy for becoming R&G’s newest clients!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Greenspaces are good

Did you know that New Orleans is one of the least forested cities in the country? Not strictly because of Katrina destroying existing trees, but more so because of urban development not including greenspaces.

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Not many trees in our downtown area

I think we have such a beautiful city with the potential to become even more beautiful once more greenspaces are added. So I decided to do something to help our city become more beautiful: I became a Tree Trooper! TT is a volunteer group through Parkway Partners that plants and maintains greenspaces throughout the city.

Not only does this give me a chance to give back to the city I love so much, but the continuing education I get also gives me the knowledge to help you create the perfect greenspace at your home.

Let’s get planting, New Orleans!

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Killer Plants

Good Sunday morning, my fellow plant lovers.

Carnivorous plants. Do you think they’re kinda cool or kinda creepy? I think they’re pretty cool in their eating of bugs to get the nutrients they need. Here’s an interesting article about them:  “Plants That Are Predators.”

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Mosquito Hawk

Hmmm … not sure what a mosquito hawk is? What about if I say damselfly? Still not sure? How about dragonfly? Ah yes. Most everyone knows what a dragonfly is. Well, a mosquito hawk is just another name for dragonfly, and damselfly is a smaller version of a dragonfly. We clear now?

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Eastern Pondhawk (female)

Dragonflies are one of the good bugs we want flitting around our gardens cause they eat lots of midges and mosquitos (hence “mosquito hawk”). They’ve been around for about 300 million years, which has given them plenty of time to perfect the art of mosquito eating.

Fresh water areas are where they start their lives. The babies, called “naiads”, eat anything in the water that’s smaller than they are. They molt nine to 17 times before turning into adults. That’s a lot of molting to eventually live only one to six months. Yes,¬†only months.

How fast do you think a dragonfly can fly? Would you be surprised if I said they can fly up to 35 mph? I was sure surprised to learn that little tidbit fact. Ooh, something else that’s pretty cool is their wings move independently of each other which lets them fly backwards and upside down and hover. And their big ol’ eyes give them a 360 degree field of vision. The better to see where those pesky mosquitos are hiding.

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Dragonfly

So next time you see one of these beautiful creatures in your garden, just sit back and watch them for awhile. You might be surprised at how graceful and lovely they actually are.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs