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The 30 Day Challenge – Day 25

Today I am grateful that I am able to create a little haven for the birds in my area and that they help me with “pest control” in my rose garden. I have plenty of little Witoogies that visit daily and they apparently feed on aphids. I’ve been purposely NOT spraying my Roses with any of the “recommended” chemical sprays and the result has been very interesting – NO aphids since I stopped spraying (I assume the noxious spray was keeping the birds away). There is a bird bath in the rose bed and I see the Witoogies and Sunbirds in it daily which might explain why I am no longer seeing any aphids on the roses. It is possible of course that they will return … but for now I am most grateful to the Witoogies for making a meal of them.

Louisiana Iris

Photo: Louisiana Iris “Colorific” – I love the Irises I have growing in my garden, so much so that I have bought a lot more and have planted them in preparation for next spring! I love the strong strappy evergreen leaves of the plants when not in flower, so I have these tucked into various areas in my garden now and they are growing beautifully. I should have a magnificent display next spring!

Louisiana Iris “Colorific”  grows to 2 ft, it has large bicolor, reddish purple and white flowers.

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all Barbie’s and my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

4 replies on “The 30 Day Challenge – Day 25”

Absolutley!! 🙂 I am totally on the same page as you with the sprays. There are no aphids!! I guess helping nature help itself is the number 1 choice! Love the Iris pic!!!

Beautiful Iris! It is amazing how nature takes care of things when the sprays are put away. Also, amazing what can be accomplished with a powerful spray of water. Wish I had known all these things years ago…we live and learn, right!?!

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