Friday, May 1, 2009

More garden mysteries!

There has been a lot of weird stuff going on in my yard recently, from fertilizer fiascoes to creepy growths to mysterious holes. Since y'all have been so helpful in identifying the culprits, here are two more mysteries for you!
1. I'm not sure these pictures do justice to how weird this tree looks, but it is FULL of tiny holes, thousands of them. So many that the holes merge to become indented lines. All I could think of is that woodpeckers must have done this over the course of years. What do you think? 2. Here is yet another ugly old shrub from my yard. What appear to be some old flowers on it have a really creepy disease going on. The picture to the right shows one in the sort of gelatinous phase. The picture below shows one in the later (I think) white fuzzy stage.
Could this possibly be the same ailment the azalea had, just manifested slightly differently on a different shrub?


Susie said...

I wish I was full of great info for you but unfortunately I'm feeling stupid tonight. Those holes are very interesting to look at.

Randy Emmitt said...


Those hole are made by Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and as far as I know they will not harm the tree. Pecan Trees always have sapsucker holes in them. You really can't call them culprits as that is the way they eat.

Ginger said...

Thanks for the ID! You're right, I shouldn't call them culprits when they aren't hurting anything! That tree is extremely old, definitely past its life span. Obviously the holes haven't hurt it at all! It's just amazing how many of them there are.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

The holes are actually very interesting looking. I'm glad to see that it doesn't sound like it would hurt the tree. It's interesting to see the pattern they made.