Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mugo Pine


3 comments:

Barbara said...

Carol, I've never seen anything like this. Is it a flowering plant or a tree, and does it bloom further? Great colors. Thanks.

lindalee said...

Never noticed those pink blooms in the mugo before. Great detail....as always.

Carol said...

Barbara, this is what I consider an ornimental shrub, here is a link, photo is not too hot, but, will give you some back ground:

http://landscaping.about.com/od/evergreenornamentaltrees1/p/mugo_pines.htm

While I was out playing with the camera and taking photos all over the yard, for some reason I wandered over to the circle with about 6 mugos and noted that that little pink flower/bud thingy was there, and some pine cones and other neat stuff, and I started shooting photos.

Then, to my dismay, I discovered these nasty varments on my mugos:

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=3032

These ickies will defoiliate a mugo in days, even hours. I have only had them one other time since 1972, at another home we owned. Nasty, nasty, nasty. The damaged areas on those mugos never really grew back.

After photos, I went digging in my arsenal of bug killing chemicals, and found something that had a little malathion in it, sprayed and sprayed. Not sure if the malation got em, or if I drowned them, but, as far as I can determine, they are all gone now.

Who knew the side benefits one could realize from macro photo shooting??