"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(?).
"Thanks Clare for the info. It is just the perfect height for under my living room window & seems to like the part sun & part shade corner there. Sometimes it would get too hot for a day or two in May & burn azaleas."
"Clare -I really just live in a tiny, 3-room apartment at the back of an old farm house, which is owned by my husband's boss. He rents the front of the house out to other tenants, and we are the caretakers of the place ... shovel…"