Persicaria Firetail is a hardy, long-blooming well-behaved flower for the perennial bed. It reaches up to around three feet and takes over about the same diameter after a few years. It prefers full to part sun and average watering. It sports handsome crimson flowers spikes that are only three to four inches long but when viewed en masse it is a blanket of color that can last from June to frost.
Rolly pollies look like a miniature armadillo that rolls up into a ball when disturbed. The scientific name of their family is “Armadillidiidae,” for obvious reasons. While often thought of as pests, they are actually rarely harmful to plants. They mainly feed on decaying matter on the soil surface. However on occasion, they feed on young, seedlings. Discourage them by sprinkling washed and crushed eggshells, corn meal or diatomaceous earth around the base of your seedlings.
People are surprised to learn that rolly pollies are not insects, rather they are crustaceans. They are related to shrimp and crayfish, breathe with gills, and need humidity or moisture to survive.
Check out this article from the magazine, “High Country News,” on the weather effects of the upcoming El Niño event that is predicted.
Not good news for Wyoming. We like the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s prediction much better: a warmer and wetter summer.