|JAPANESE TREE LILAC|
|BIRCH LEAF MINER|
The Japanese tree lilacs, Syringia reticulata, are in full bloom, adding significant mid-summer color to our city streets and yards. They make a bold statement with their creamy white-yellow flowers and are a bit hard to use in the landscape but they make a fine small street tree, hardy and trouble free.
Paper birch trees are showing some leaf damage by birch leaf miner, a tiny grub that eats out the inside of leaves, leaving the paper thin upper and lower leaf surfaces intact. They cause little real damage and trying to control them with a systemic insecticide is not usually worth the trouble. Leaf miners are a minor problem.
The beach peas, although invasive in gardens, are beautiful when they bloom where they can spread naturally.