"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(?).
"Yes I thought it was on left, I see what you mean about it not flowering yet. Funny when we are only 1000 kms away and ours have flowered and dropped all their petals already.
Do like that Golden Ash, such a beautiful big tree and the variegated…"
"Keryn, this is the same as one I bought for $2 as a cutting from one of our local Asian grocery stores. It was flowering when I bought it and I noticed the flowers were a totally different shape to my other zygocactus I bought at Bunnings and Big W.…"
"Sorry Lyn , No I got my right and left mixed up, thats a Golden Ash and its one of the street trees.
Jacaranda is LH front stick figure the first year it has not flowered, the variegated willow myrtle behind it , has been trimmed and is just coming…"
"Yeah its quiet, wide nature strips a vacant block that wont ever be sold on one side and elderly neighbors who are gone 6 months of the year on the other. Neighbors over the back you never see or hear. The entrance to the football ground is at the…"
"Keryn, my rear garden is the same, completely private from the street frontage and even my 3 surrounding neighbours can't see into my rear garden due to all the hedging and climbers we have planted. It looks a beautiful area where you live."