Gnome News

ramblings of a plant lover

Japanese Beetle Trap

Welcome to Canada the Japanese Beetle – lucky us!


Mid-summer my Virginia Creeper and Wisteria began to be devoured by something which I’d never seen before. I soon noticed these paired beetles clustered over the leaves. They are a metallic green and copper chafer that is a pest of fruit and foliage as an adult and of grass roots as a larva. It is native to Japan but has spread elsewhere.




Fussy Guy



My plates were worn from my previous car, so I thought I’d get creative with the plate renewal. I mean, it was available, and seemed to describe the driver, so why not?! It’s fun getting the occasional chuckle from those who notice and it prepares them for what might otherwise be a surprise.


Italy & Malta

The Legend, a Seabourn cruise ship took us on the trip of a lifetime along the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Sea.