Nearly a week since my last post, and most of that time was spent on the mundane chores of breaking out of winter and into spring.
Spring brings more work than pleasure, although the pleasure is partly in the anticipation of summertime. Spring in Montana means cold rain. In fact, rain in Montana is cold no matter what month. If you live here, or have lived here, you know that.
I have to put up chicken wire enclosures around virtually all of our shrubbery and flowers to keep the deer from eating all the buds and new growth. Ach! That is a constant battle.
Hornets and Wasps (Yellowjackets) are also a royal pain. They haven't been quite so bad in the past TWO years, after I trapped about 400 of them THREE summers ago. I use Rescue traps. They work. Have to try a few different locations to determine the best ones, but three Rescue Brand Yellowjacket traps have done the job. (One summer I hung one out above the deck, right next to the hanging flower pots. This was NOT a good idea, as it ATTRACTED wasps right into our faces!) What North Americans generally call a "Yellowjacket" is simply called a wasp elsewhere in the World. We also have "Paper Wasps" but they will not fit into the Yellowjacket Trap. But Rescue does make a trap that will catch them too. It is called a WHYTR-BB8. (W-H-Y stands for Wasps, Hornets, Yellowjackets.)