‘Tis a lovely morning in the garden when the hybrid hyssop, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, is just beginning to bloom and the bees have already discovered it.
It sure didn’t take long.
This lovely flower is definitely one of the top bee magnets in my garden. Bees love it!
Of course, naturally, maybe oops, not oops, I planted it by the sidewalk so people walking by can see the pretty flowers covered with bees. I’m sure that doesn’t please a lot of people who are a bit skittish about bees. But honestly if you leave the bees alone, they’ll tend to their business—or is it buzziness—amongst the flowers without hurting, stinging, buzzing, or otherwise annoying anyone else.
Do unto others…
Hey, wait a doggone minute.
Who invited the Japanese beetles to the party?
I surely did not! I hate them. They eat leaves and flowers and generally annoy me. Sometimes, they don’t do a lot of damage, but sometimes they do.
Just look at what they’ve done to the grape vine leaves!
And look at what they are doing on the grapevine.
Nasty little buggers.
If I didn’t know better, I’d reach for the nearest chemical pesticide and cover them up with it to kill them.
But I do know better! If I spray the Japanese beetles, then I would end up killing the bees, too. I do not want that!
So I give the Japanese beetles a pass of sorts. If I run into them and I’m wearing gloves, I pick them off and squish them and then leave the remains, hoping the others get the idea that this garden isn’t a safe place for them and they should leave.
However, that doesn’t work all that well.
I could buy traps for them, but that lures them in faster than pigs run to slop. And once they are here, they don’t all fall down into the trap. Oh no. They feast first. On my plants!
I should put some Bt down on the lawn and see if that kills the larvae which will soon hatch and live through the winter in the soil. But I know myself and I probably won’t do that, either.
Instead, I’ll just keep squishing them.
And hope they leave soon.
Because I’d rather have bees and a few Japanese beetles, than not have any bees at all!