Tag Archive: red wine




Spring has come early to our corner of the world.


The tulips are brilliant.


Clematis vines are six inches long, peony plants are a foot high.



Pansies in bloom.


Wild Violets going crazy.


Even my neighbor's flowering tree is going at it.


But, as always, there is a downside to all of this great warmth and beautiful sights.

The return of the Fruit Fly.


These little flies come along and take over the kitchen. If you do nothing, they multiply fast. I hate having fifty or more buzzing around my head.

These things live for a day or so and must get a lot of stuff done. However, I have a solution that works for me. It involves a little red wine  or white wine and red kool-aid as well as some dish-washing liquid. I do not know why they love red wine but the husband has to be careful with open bottles.

The trap.


Now we wait. It takes a while for one, then another, then another to gather on the bowl, take a drink and realize they cannot get up. Perhaps they are too drunk to fly and fall in, perhaps the dish soap make their little legs stuck.


See those black dots? Those are the fallen.


Before you know it the dish will have 20, 30 40 fruit flies in it. The dish will be disgusting and I will clean it out. Then I will set it up all over again.

How do you get rid of fruit flies?



The Answer Lady Strikes Back

Picture by Seemann

The Answer Lady was off on a little holiday somewhere delightful. Now she is back and ready to answer the latest set of questions found in the search engine log.

So pour a cup of tea and a plate of something sweet. We are going with Darjeeling and homemade apricot bread.

Q. Can snapdragons grow in the shade?

A. Now this is a very interesting question and the Answer Lady has experience enough to answer it without looking in a silly reference book. At one point the Answer lady worked with a garden that received limited sunlight but would get very hot.

The snapdragons in question withered away and seemed dead – that is until September’s cooler temperatures rolled in. Suddenly, they snapped back and said hello with a resurgence of blooms. In my present garden areas, I do put them in a shaded area that gets 4-6 hours of sun daily. They are annuals bought at the grocery store or local floral store. If I am lucky, I get volunteers the following year.

So the short of the long is yes, snapdragons can be wonderful shade garden flowers as long as they are not totally submersed in shade.

Q. How do I look elegant drinking red wine?

A. Darling, really, what you are going to have to do is pretend you are either Audrey Hepburn or Kiera Knightly or a girl with a really long neck. Your posture must be perfect at all times. A black dress or turtleneck should figure into the picture as well.

It is also good to be able to laugh easily at jokes, tell funny but not long-winded tales and never let your fellow party-goers know you are bored out of your mind. Be disdainful only when truly necessary because the line between elegance and snobbery is very fine. No one wants to be around a snob but they love a person with grace and elegance.

Q. How do I know if my Black-Eyes Susans will come back the following year?

A. This is a tricky question. Those who love flowers of the perennial sort know that some years it just doesn’t happen. You follow all the directives when bedding down the garden in the fall. You have banked your daisies and cone flowers and chrysanthemums with compost of at least 3 inches deep.

In the spring you remove that compost and hope. Maybe pray a little. You check each day while enjoying the daffodils and then the tulips. You stay inside for a few days because of pouring down rain. You look in the garden again because you know that wood chip mulch must go in and there are the sprouts.

My Blacked-Eyed Susans only began sprouting a day or two. The same with the purple cone flower. I seeded tons of white cone flower along with more purple come flower in that bed. Perhaps it will come, perhaps not.

One must wait it out. Perennials do as they please but lets hope the result is pleasing to you. If they do not come, plan on buying more flowers at the garden center.