Any one have suggestions as to how to encourage bees to remove themselves from my compost pile. I have a recycled plastic container so I can't smoke them out by setting some of it on fire. I do not want to use chemicals. Suggestions?KatherineSee More
"Thank you for the kind comment on my poppy photo. They are such spectacular plants it is impossible to get a bad shot.
I love your columbine shot and your garden especially photo 5, 8 and 9. I love clumps all melded together. Lovely."
"The last one looks like some sort of allium (spelling unknown to me). A member of the garlic, chive and onion family. There are many varieties. Someone else on Zone 5 had that plant.
I also do not know the first image but it is not purple loose…"
"I agree. Had the same thing happen to me last year. Never saw the culprits, but my irises were all uprooted and laying on the ground. This happened after they bloomed, so I just cut them back, replanted and they are blooming just as nicely this…"
"Katherine, I called my Mom and asked her how she knew it was rabbits. Her reply was that she just figured it was some critter because it looks like something just walked through and knocked them all down.
So, I guess it wasn't a very good…"
"What do the rabbits do? Gnaw the stems or suck on them? I live in a city so rabbits are not that likely but possible as it is not a super urbanized area. Would love to know more. Thanks for writing.
Interesting, very interesting.....
"I don't know anything about irises, but I was just talking to my mom on the phone last night and she mentioned that all of her irises were falling over because of the rabbits. Is that a possibility with yours?"
"Love your photos and garden especially with the shade plants- hosta, jack-in-the-pulpit, lady slippers. We have a similar tendency towards textures and colors. Thanks for your feedback on my iris.
I am someone who only does perenials and divide,…"
"Thanks for the possible culprit. Since it is a 3 inch section that is always at the source of the bend and appears almost sucked dry I think it is something else. I was thinking cut worm but I do not know much about them. Do you?
"Your backyard is beautiful!
I believe that you were thinking about some kind of cutworm as the culprit. Looking at photo # 126 another thought occurred to me...the iris leaf behind the stem looks bruised. Could it be that a largish animal walked…"
I am attaching a bunch of images of the stems of my iris where they collapsed. Would love feed back on why you think this was occurring. Seems to have stopped which is even weirder. No rhyme or reason to any of it.
Regarding the iris flopping problem I have the same problem and after reading about dividing them I think I will try that. But after they stop blooming. Unless you or someone else has more info. Mind bloom like crazy but I have noticed that the bloom are smaller.
I don't know for sure what's ailing your Iris, but do you divide them every couple years? I divide mine, but I hear they'll even stop blossoming if they're not divided. I'm thinking they might just be getting less vigorous if they aren't being divided(?).
"If you dig up & store your tulips dry over summer they will do better-- replant in fall. You must feed them heavily to bloom. My tulips are usually eaten from below. The culprits are what I call "wireworms" chewing the roots even in…"
"Aaah another Pacific NW gardener! My daffs are attacked by slugs (tiny ones in early spring) every year. I use sluggo also. The trouble is, if you don't knock the buggers off the blooms in wet weather they will just stay up inside the flowers…"