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Saturday, September 25, 2010
Emma Prevails to Bloom
Any plant in the Amaryllidaceae or amaryllis family is a choice (but not exclusive) target of the Eastern Lubber grasshopper. This summer it was my Crinum angustifolium 'Queen Emmas' that took the most noticeable hit from the Lubber's bothersome habit of mutilating foliage as it feeds.
Most of the beautifully elongated and oversized leaves have been severely chewed ragged leaving them in a pathetic state aesthetically. So severely affected were the three Emmas located in the front gardens they were eventually dug up late July and moved to the VERY back-of-the-back garden to recover.
You may remember how the Emmas were initially acquired as a gift from a generous neighbor which you can read about here. There are currently six of these much-loved dramatic centerpiece specimens in the garden.
Caught in the act, as previously mentioned in another post, it took me by surprise that the enormous buds of Emma were included in the Lubber's menu. In normal conditions buds atop tall scapes shoot forth 2 and 3 at a time, in succession, on any one plant.
The good news is those magnificent umbels have burst open this week. Glorious clumps of sweetly scented trumpets have made it to maturity.
I refuse to give up and give in to those menacing chompers. But WOW, I'm still seeing several (and pick them off to die) each day. I wonder if there are worse years than others or is it just that I have added more plants that offer food and cover for them??
All hail to you, Emma, for prevailing even in a particularly tough environment.
May you bloom for the rest of your season without interruption.