The first of the rock garden daffodils are starting to bloom. I have no idea of their names but the flowers are no more than 1" across.
It is a cheery sight after the garden trials and tribulations of the week. Not to harp on about the unseasonably warm weather and drought we are experiencing in central Texas, but there has been an explosion of bugs in my garden. I must have killed 200 harlequin bugs. They were attacking my napa cabbage, which has now been completely removed from the garden, and sweet alyssum. I just can't bring myself to pull out the latter so I am constantly on the prowl checking under the leaves.
Another unwelcome visitor is a caterpillar. It has the look of a tent caterpillar and probably turns into some insignificant moth. This bug is at least 6 weeks early. It usually can be found on the bluebonnets after they have flowered and when the seed pods are quite far along in their development. I wonder if this coincides with birds hatching. if it does then it is going to be a lean year for the nestlings. This is the kind of damage they can do to the young plant.
Not only are the bluebonnets suffering from the lack of rain and caterpillars but yesterday I saw that some of the ones inside my walls were covered in red spider mites. I had to spray with Spinosad in the hope that this would reduce their numbers.