June is such a lovely time; I almost hate to say goodbye to it today.
In Kingwood, all the intersection plantings are just lovely right now. This one is the turn off to my house, it took me several tries to remain stopped long enough to get a picture without another car coming from any direction. It actually is part of a set, there are similar plantings on the sides of the road.
trunk to tip. Bernie spotted it first and ran a sample down to our local garden center, which is staffed by Master Gardeners, certified experts in horticulture.
They were delighted for us!
Bark lice are completely harmless. Colonies of the lice swarm onto southern coastal area hardwood trees, usually at summer's end. Our colony is early, but doing a magnificent job of turning our tree into a spook's delight. If you peel back the sheeting, you can see lots and lots of tiny beetle shaped bugs, about as big as a pencil lead, moving in synchronized waves. One peek was enough for me. Yuck!
de-camp and move on, leaving the tree healthier than it was before in terms of parasites.