We’re about 80% of the way done with the extreme pruning project for the oleanders that ring our backyard.
We never did find a store that sells Ladybugs’n’Stuff, but we did find one that sells Aphid-Be-Dead in great quantities.
That only leaves one thing: the bees under the shed. They don’t want us messing with any of the oleander bushes on the east side of the property line. The good news is that a properly-treated bee sting hurts less than a scratch inflicted by an oleander bush. The bad news is that I have one sting and Mrs. Jones has two, so we’re knocking off…for the time bee-ing.
It’s been a tough year for our oleanders. First, the leaf scorch. Now, an aphid infestation.
I wish there was a store where I could buy a couple of quarts of ladybugs.
About half the houses in my neighborhood are empty. Well, it’s actually more like 20%, but it seems like half. So what could make owning a home in Yucca Valley even less appealing?
A zombie apocalypse? No, that’s so 2010.
Roving packs of bloodthirsty hyenas? Nah!
I know! How about a nice dose of Xylella fastidiosa? That’s the ticket!
You start with oleander shrubbery that looks like this:
Then you give them the infection. That will give you bushes that look like this:
Now repeat about 30 or 40 times, all around your backyard: