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Monday, January 26, 2009

Red Spider Mites

I got myself a sickly pot of tarragon a few months back. I should have known better. I have done this before, you know. I have bought sickly plants infested with bugs before, and I have not learnt my lesson. Honestly, the allure of a plant much longed for and greatly lusted after blinds me to its obvious failings. The signs are all there. The leaves are spotted yellow. Delicate filaments of webbing hang discreetly under the leaves, providing shelter and protection to little pests smaller than half a full stop on a page. To see and still be blind. That is tragedy. It is tragedy that I deserve because I am too dumb to learn my lesson.

The sickly pot of tarragon, which I convinced myself was only mildly sick, and for which I nursed great hopes of healing and growth has since been thrown away after being sucked dry by little red spider mites. If that is not all, my entire collection of mediterranean herbs is now infested. And I have to resort to drastic measures comprised of rotenone spray and quarantine. I am a fool. I am a fool. I am a fool. My beautiful rosemary, thyme, sage, lavender... ALL in danger from an infestation I introduced into their midst. It's simply awful. It's like corrupting a young person's mind and see the innocence replaced by lines of wrinkles and eyes that know too much of the world. Something in the soul of a child dies when innocence ebbs away. Except that where plants are concerned, their lives ebb away and I am left with dried stems and leaves.

3 comments:

Blur Ting said...

Oh dear. Sometimes we have to tear ourselves away brutally from a plant we're so in love with just so we can save the rest. Only a plant lover would understand...

Ivana said...

oh no... sounds horrible dear! hope your plants survive this = (

petunialee said...

Yeah... I am quite quite quite sad! BUT I'll get over it, and grow new and more plants... I do believe those I have can be saved though.