Edithcolea grandis: Post freeze repair ‘Persian Carpet Flower’

An orange cat named Melvin observing my Edithcolea cuttings

My Edithcolea grandis had a little trouble dealing with life in the garage during the freeze mid-January. I had a heater on but it still got down to about 45ºF / 7ºC for a couple days. And I didn’t water her so she got a bit stressed. No worries though, we’re going to fix her up and take cuttings! Also: Bonus cat Melvin makes a surprise appearance 😅

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Aphid Rain: That’s not sap coming from your Texas Pecan trees. It’s aphid excretions, yay!

So here’s another fun problem to look out for, but only if you have a pecan tree nearby: Aphid Rain. (I think I made that term up, but maybe there’s something more scientificky.)
I first noticed my car literally covered with small sticky droplets and thought it might have been nectar from the Crepe Myrtle flowers overhead. Then I noticed similar droplets on my plants’ leaves, table, deck…pretty much everywhere in my backyard where there is no Crepe Myrtle in sight.

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