One of the few benefits of the crazy weather here in Dayton this year was the nearly total absence of Japanese Beetles. These voracious pests wreak havoc on many of our plants but particularly certain flowers and fruits. Look at the image I took of some of our hardy hibiscus early one morning on my way to work. Gorgeous! On the bike front, not much of a week last week – 140 miles and jury duty next week. Should be interesting when I march in there with my bike gear.