A Field Guide to Insects
Summer is the season for insects, both good and bad, in our lawns and gardens. One of my favorite little books to identify bugs is one of the Peterson Field Guide series, A Field Guide to Insects, by Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998; $14.95). This is a useful tool for every gardener or budding entomologist, covering 579 of the insect families with 1,300 drawings and 142 color paintings that show various species of insects common throughout North America.
Favorite or New Plant
Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii)
If you need a hardy and drought-enduring ground cover, consider sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii) that blooms with a handsome mass of butter-yellow flowers. It can withstand prolonged periods of drought and still bloom. Give the established plants a deep soaking once a week, depending on weather, and it is perfectly happy. It spreads to 3 feet and grows to a height of 1-1/2 feet. The flowers resemble evening primrose blossoms, opening at night and lasting for 24 hours.