Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Round Two, Round-Up

Despite the weeks of heat with only weensy rain, a new rose has opened on the trellis, so this may be the start of a true round two for the roses. Or a tiny moment of beauty.

Meanwhile, the mulberries, who volunteer in unfortunate places, must be gone after with Round-Up. I hate to do it, but I have been advised by the Dean of Green (WGLT Radio) that this is the only thing that will kill them.

Other pests thrive. Aphids (here pictured on milkweed) are having a heyday on the vines of sweet autumn clematis, itself a pest to some, but I love the sweet, anise scent of the tiny white blossoms. I was pondering the seedpods this morning, their resemblance to lady parts (lady parts not pictured, blossoms above).

I routinely duck spiderwebs, even the ones in inconvenient places like gates and doorways. But, whoa! There's a ginormous spider who's made a ginormous web over the bleeding heart. In another month, she'll be big enough to catch baby rabbits.

Speaking of gruesome deaths, you might enjoy this review of a rehearsal of Macbeth by Ada Grey, seven. She is my new favorite theatre reviewer under 30. My favorite totally grown-up theatre reviewer is still Julie Kistler of A Follow Spot (because she knows everything about everything and writes with lively joy).

Ada dictates her reviews to her mother, who maintains the blog for her. This is a two-for-one review of dress rehearsals of Lakeside Shakespeare productions of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I particularly like Ada's description and illustration of the term "love triangle."

Ada enjoys gruesome deaths and scary witches, but only in moderation and went to a dress rehearsal because it was a "not-blood day." But her review may indeed induce you to visit Lakeside Shakespeare in Frankfort, Michigan for a good time!

5 comments:

Andressa said...

:)

Nancy Devine said...

my roses are done blooming. and they've really spread this sucker. i'm considering trying to get roses going in another spot by propagating with suckers i dig up.
do you do anything with the mulberries? there's one mulberry bush/tree in the neighborhood...it's a volunteer, i think.

Kathleen said...

Nancy, in childhood we ate big mulberries with sugar and milk. Here, we didn't get fruit every year...and then, as the trees were volunteer and interfered with the power lines, the electric company cut them down. The ones I Rounded-Up are small volunteers in flower bed by garage and along fences that will, if left to their own devices, dislodge garage and fence. Sigh....

I have never made a pie with mulberries....

Collagemama said...

Please post photos of the giant bleeding heart spider!

Kathleen said...

Collagemama, I will see if my digitally inclined children can help me do so....