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Wham bam, thank you ma’am!
Did you know that when you Google “spider mite infestation”, it auto-fills to “spider mite infestation in human”? Apparently that’s not even a thing, so WHY THE HYSTERICS GOOGLE. Is it because Google is watching me and got a kick out of seeing the expression of horror and disgust I made as I read that?
So, you might have guessed I have some spider mites. (Aside: I’m so out of practice! I mean, I should really, really be able to diagnose spider mites, and yet there I was, posting it on FB, looking for help. And of course, as soon as the person responded with a suggestion, it was obvious.) Anyway, I was pretty sure it was a sucking insect, because it had that yellow stippling, but I never saw any culprits or any webbing. But, I guess mites are pretty dang small, and also the center of this plant has a ton of dead mush and dry material, like most of the plants in this yard. (The people who were here before clearly were not as obsessed with gardening as I am. Which is reasonable.) I also would have expected the neem to do SOMETHING, but who knows. Maybe I didn’t get the underneaths well enough. So, I just hacked back this three-foot-tall rosemary that was looking super rough by about two-thirds, and I’ll neem it again tomorrow, and keep my fingers crossed. I’m seeing the same pattern on a Veronica next door to it so I cut that back some as well and will neem it again as well.
So. I guess that’s it. I did some other weeding, in the “crabgrass lawn” (a perennial bed in the front yard that looked like a full-on crabgrass lawn) , and just some other basic maintenance. And also, I just woke up to realize that I had fallen asleep on the couch while writing this, and had written a sentence of complete gibberish about writing a collaborative email.
I think it might be time for bed.