Remember the Forgotten During Pollinator Week: June 17 – 24, 2024

This is “National Pollinator Week” (June 17 – 24). The non-profit “Pollinator Partnership” conceived the idea in 2007 to encourage groups and communities to hold celebrations and awareness campaigns highlighting the importance of pollinators. That same year, the U.S. Senate designated the third week of June to be the official celebratory week for the recognition of pollinators.
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Joe Boggs

Rusty Holey Rose Woes

Shrub roses (Rosa spp.) in southwest Ohio are struggling with several issues. One of the most obvious problems is Rose Rust which is also unusual. Historically, rose rust has been rare in Ohio and more common in the coastal regions of the U.S.
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Joe Boggs

Swiss Cheese Magnolia Leaves Now Showing Brown Blotches

Because Magnolia X brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' is a prized plant for my wife in the Drapescape, I keep a watchful eye on its performance.  Unfortunately, this year the frosty weather nipped it as the butter-yellow flowers were emerging; therefore, the floral display merely rated a so-so glance, rather than the typical stunning WOW!   As I was mowing around it, I got a close up, face full of leaves allowing me to note the holey havoc wreaked on its leaves. 

 

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Erik Draper
Joe Boggs

Jumping Oak Galls

Jumping oak galls are caused by a very tiny, native, stingless wasp (Neuroterus sp.) which lays eggs in leaf buds. As the leaf develops, pinhead-size galls, also referred to as abnormal plant growths, form on the undersides of the leaves. Each round, button-like gall contains one wasp larva.
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Amy Stone
Joe Boggs

Spongy Moth Update

Spongy moth (Lymantria dispar), formally known as the gypsy moth, is still in its feeding frenzy stage in NW Ohio. Caterpillars can very evident when populations increase, and the leaves and needles of host plants disappear as the hungry caterpillars cause defoliation.
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Amy Stone