"Carpenter bees are different than bumble bees. Carpenter bees depend upon boring into wood and laying their eggs. the grubs eat and come out the tunnel. I am told that if you put bubble gum (chewed) in the hole it locks them in. Very interesting…"
"Sorry to say but they are definitely hunkered down for the long haul. They make lots of noise when I inadvertently bang the compost bowl against the side trying to release muck. Major hummmmmm. Worried they are yellow jackets that have a nasty sting…"
"I need to ask again as I did not get any suggestions - I have a problem!!!
Anyone 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…"
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,…"
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(?).
"Thunderstorm has passed for now. But got to wait till new gardens dry out. I hope my pre-starts will do well once I put then in garden. No wild rabbit since I cleared weeds from new garden plots.
Friend gave me some runner beans but bad thing was…"
"I did pull up a box full of small carrots that were planted last fall and over wintered in the mini greenhouses. Purple ones to come soon. Guess the birds got all my strawberries as the bird netting wasn't all the way around the boxes. GRRRRRR!…"
"Got thunder coming and had lots of rain. So today relax. Got my 2 gardens almost ready to get veggies in and I hope they give me veggies for over Winter. Glad to hear from you both. Keep in touch both of you. Love hearing from you both. Let you know…"
"William soooo glad you are alive and well, wondering the other day. There is always a plant that akes over this year it is common thyme. I blinked and wow! Some got 5' round and babies everywhere. Since it is the right moon cycle I am moving…"