Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
I love the beautiful flowers this time of year, especially on my cacti. Unfortunately I’m not the only one. The aphids seem to be quite fond of them too. But, rather than spray or use soap we went down to the hardware store and got a little box of lady bugs. Most of the nurseries or home and garden stores keep them in little refrigerators, kind of dormant just waiting for an assignment. Mine had two jobs… get the bugs, and look pretty for the camera while doing it.