Overwintering Peppers Part 2- The Musical

5 01 2013

I’m crazy for this little lady I’m freaking for my little baby ‘Cause she makes me feel good She’s so fine

She’s a lady. Whoa, whoa, whoa. She’s a lady. Talkin’ about that little lady, and the lady is mine.

Lenny Kravitz? Tom Jones? Am I turning into a living karaoke machine? Let’s hope not. The last time I sang karaoke was after drinking several mugs of “liquid stupid”. It wasn’t pretty. Have you ever heard the song The Mighty Quinn? This performance was back before smart phones and pocket video cameras were widely available. It’s a good thing there was no video taken. It would have gone viral. By viral I mean it would have made millions of people violently ill. Anyway, we’re getting a little off topic.

Oops. Looks like somebody heard my singing

Oops. Looks like somebody heard my singing

But first, special thanks goes out to cmmarcum for the tip of using a hair dryer to remove aphids. I was getting ready to swipe borrow my wife’s hair dryer when I saw a sweet young thing in the kitchen. Dressed in red. Crawling on the ceiling.

That’s right folks, it’s that time of winter when ladybugs start to appear in the house. Remember option number 4 to eliminate aphids? I don’t want my house to be infested of course, but if I have a choice between banishing a ladybug or using it as a convenient aphid assassin, let the slaughter begin.

The ladybug is blurry but beautiful

The ladybug is blurry but beautiful

I wanna take you home I won’t do you no harm, no You’ve got to be all mine, all mine Ooh, foxy lady

Time to play some Jimi Hendrix while watching the ladybug go to town on the garden pests. Let’s come up with a name for our little friend. First question: Is our guest a boy or a girl? That’s a very good question. Despite the name, ladybugs are not unisex. Apparently you need a microscope and a PhD to tell the difference. Either that or get a bunch of ladybugs in the room, set up your own ladybug pickup joint, and catch the couples in the act. I’m no insect voyeur, so let’s just say our critter’s gender is undetermined.

Another lady joins the party

Another lady joins the party

How about the name Lola, L-O-L-A Lola, Lo lo lo lo lola.

This insect sure has me singing. (For bonus points, name the group that sang the above lyrics)

For added excitement, I found three more in the house. There’s a full garden party taking place on the peppers. After giving them a few days to feast, it appears that the aphids have disappeared. Here’s hoping that they will remain gone.

Quick edit: I had a fever when writing this post, and now I’m returning to view what I actually wrote. Two things of note. First, fevers must make me musical. Second, and more importantly, is to keep an eye on any ladybugs you place on your plants. Some critters in the ladybug family, or that look like they belong to the ladybug family, may actually be other insects that will snack on your plants. Now back to my karaoke, I mean, my beer; er, I mean, wholesome gardening.




5 responses

19 01 2013
Jack and Geri

lady by Tom jones and Lola by the kinks
Geri’s answers.

20 01 2013

We have a winner! Thanks for participating Jack and Geri.

6 05 2013

I stumbled upon your blog while lost in a pinterest worm hole. You are freaking HILARIOUS and I love you, will you marry me? I’m now bookmarking your page.. You make gardening fun and less geriatric!

8 05 2013

Thank you so much for the marriage proposal! First question: Are you really a woman, or a 50 year old dude named Larry pretending to be a woman? It would be so embarrassing to show up in Vegas for the nuptials and have that happen again… There is a woman in my life already, but when she kicks me out I now know where I’ll be staying 🙂 “Come on Ma! It’s not the basement, it’s my apartment!!” … But seriously, I am already married. In an unrelated note, ever see the show ‘Sister Wives’? Um, never mind… Although I am off the market, you’re still allowed to have an unhealthy attraction towards me, bordering on obsession. Just don’t break in and steal my stuff, and don’t do anything to the family pets. I will try to keep my posts worthy of your Internet love. Dave. In the Garden.

8 05 2013

First and foremost, I’m definitely a lady (I checked) and I’m 30 not 50. Although my heart is slightly broken due to your martial status (lucky woman) you need to know there is nothing more attractive than an extemely intelligent man who’s stinking hilarious! I just may stalk you a little! 🙂 oh and … yes I’ve seen sister wives, fascinating!! -A

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