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Turkey Vultures

Gail writes: We had a large grouping of turkey vultures roost Friday night in various tress in yards that surround our home
yesterday morning, they sat drying their wings and then left…… did not come back to roost last night. WHEW!!!!
must be on their migratory path……hoping they don’t come back, at least to these trees, come spring…..

the last picture is a gray heron who visited and then rudely ate most of the goldfish in our pond………

Check out these interesting facts about rkey vultures here: http://www.kern.audubon.org/tvfacts.htm

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

It’s strange how things sometimes happen for the best. I was looking at a response to my last post on my hydrangeas from Naida where she gave a link to a potential answer. So I read this and then saw there were several additional articles as I scrolled down on various topics. One caught my eye…here’s the link: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/report_sightings_of_brown_marmorated_stink_bugs_in_your_home_or_business.

As I began to read the article about the brown marmorated stink bug, I look up and this is what I see:
Notice the white bands on the antennae and the pattern on the abdomen area. I am fortunate that it was at our camper and not our home. The camper is sealed much tighter with fiberglass exterior, whereas my home has siding that they can easily use as their winter home. This species is invasive.

Yes, It is that time of year…about 6 more appeared throughout the day. We cautiously entered our door making sure that none were there before we entered. The map shown in the article shows that at in my area it is well established an no longer necessary to report it. If you find one, here’s another link to a great article from MSU on how to manage them: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/managing_brown_marmorated_stink_bugs_in_homes.

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Early this year I notice that my Hydrangea tree foliage forming a small clump and not growing fully. It’s like they haven’t matured. I’ve studied the internet…looking for a virus or insect issue…maybe a photo of the same. I know I’ve seen this before in a plant…it just escapes me. So I’m putting it out to my fellow Master Gardners. Do you recognize the problem here? I thought at first it was a mite…then I investigated the possibility of herbicide damage…and I’ve looked into virus like Hydrangea Chlorotic Mottle; although I don’t see curling on the leaves or yellowing at all. Could there be a deficiency? OK my friends and fellow Master Gardners…I need help with this one and am sure one or more of you know the answer. I need to know my next more…do I dig it up or can I save it?

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Last Tour of Summer

Thanks Gail for input and photos:
The last tour for our summer season was set to see the gardens @ St. Sabbas. It begin to rain
before we completed our tea luncheon. We were fortunate to be allowed a tour of the chapel–
something I had not planned on.

So while we may not have had the chance to do a full discovery of the garden & its design-
with the varied plants, hard-scapes and religious elements………. those of us on this tour,
felt fortunate for the “step out of the norm ” experience we had.
so many times you hear how gardening is an experience—on this day our palates and our minds
became a part of that experience. as we savored our meal & listened to a history of a people
connected to their religious beliefs.

-the photos you have are of the entry way into the chapel.
-beautiful paintings
-an extravagant chandelier (most people stand for these services so they are under this)
– behind the tall pictures on the altar (some of the pictures are doorways to rooms)

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St Sabbas Gardens

The garden portion— Gail writes:
It was nice when we got there, but the threat of rain was in the air, and it did in fact rain.
So lingering in the gardens we could not do………..as I mentioned before, there is 1 man who is
the caretaker of the gardens and I will assume it includes inside and outside the walls.

The gardens have plants and religious icons mixed in with the hardscapes.

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St. Sabbas Tea

Gail sent photos and writes:
These pics are from St. Sabbas. We stopped there after our tour of Cheryl’s urban garden.
A couple of facets to this tour were the tea, the gardens and the chapel. The rain started while we were at
tea, so there are limited pics of the garden.
TEA:
I think everyone enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere. There was a multitude of teas to choose from 45- names that sounded
more like a flavors of ice cream vs. tea.

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