The fall days are finally cooler after record heat for September--in the 90s. The first snow of year has dusted the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but here on the prairie it is still very dry, having had no rain for six weeks or more. We are hoping for rain, but more than likely we will get snow instead, for it is in the forecast for next week. (Then again the snow— or any moisture—could skip right over us and land somewhere in Nebraska.). My lovely red rose has a half dozen beautifully perfect buds slowly opening. I’d rather leave them on the stem, but if there is a hard frost in the forecast, I will cut them so that they can open inside, or perhaps I will take them work to give to the office secretaries to enjoy—and anyone else who visits the English office.
The green spotted cucumber beetle is probably my last insect photo of the year. Thankfully not as plentiful as the ambush bug, it is, according to the Central Coast Gardening web site, a nasty vermin not to be messed with, for it does a lot of damage. Fortunately I have found only one or two, and hopefully they haven’t laid eggs. I will surely be on the lookout for them next year. The article did mention soapy water as a spray. I wonder if that will work on the ambush bugs?