My Garden Path fared pretty well during my recent absence but there were a few unhappy plants upon my return. Don't get me started on all the weeds that tried to take over. The past few mornings have been spent coddling the neglected and ripping out the unwanted.
The little gardenia tree that I so recently described as "happy" came down with mealybugs or aphids or something. Immediately, I thought of sanddune's 'bug juice' but, since I didn't have all the ingredients he uses I settled for grating up some Kirk's castille soap and dissolving it in water. After placing in a spray bottle I went out to combat the mealybugs or whatever.
I have used this concoction before quite successfully. Repeated applications are needed so I will have to be vigilant.
This baby Australian Tree Fern just wasn't ready to be on its own without me checking on its water needs. Hopefully, now that regular waterings are being given to it, all will be well. There were a few other crispy looking plants around the garden but they are more established and should recover now that NanaK is back home to water them.
Now, I want to leave you with a smile.