The past several years we have enjoyed the antics of several hummingbirds coming to our feeders. They can't seem to share a feeder and only land if they are on the opposite side as another and cannot see one another. But this year, I have seen only one occasionally.
I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same thing? Did all the storms and tornados south of us affect either their migration or their numbers?
Added by Cheryl Lanser/IA/z5 on May 31, 2011 at 8:50am —
My neighbor has a well & I don't ... and town water is very EXPENSIVE. My neighbor is kind enough to aim his sprinklers at the 2 gardens adjacent to his yard (flowers and veggie) but he waters at 7 AM & 5 PM. Not only does the water hits the foliage but I am worried especially worried about the 5PM watering. My shrub roses had black spot last year and I suspect this may be why. Better to ask him not to aim the sprinklers and pay?
Added by Karen on May 31, 2011 at 6:28am —
I picked the first batch of fresh strawberries from the garden. I think we ate about a quart just fresh, some before I could even get them inside.
Then my girls thought a great treat for our holiday weekend would be to make homemade ice cream. So, we made a quart and a half of homemade strawberry ice… Continue
Added by Noelle Kaler on May 30, 2011 at 7:48pm —
Can someone tell me why our potatoes are splitting while still in the ground?
Added by Debby Draper on May 30, 2011 at 12:48am —
Can someone help me identify the problem I'm having with my Grape Irises? Their leaves are verigated white and green and the very edges and tips shrivle up and die. The whole leaf doesn't die, just the edge. Gotta clue?
Added by Linda Poris Mainord on May 29, 2011 at 8:03pm —
The ligustrum (Japanese Privit) is blossoming finally! This is such a marevelous time of the year! As soon as you walk out onto the deck, you can smell them. The gardenias are also flowering, so floral perfume is redolent in the warm late spring air. Butterflies tumble together, eating, frolicing, and maybe mating in the Memorial Weekend sunshine. The bees are busy busy busy, buzzing around visiting each flower in turn, loading their saddlebags with pollen and their tummies with nectar… Continue
Added by Glad Douse on May 29, 2011 at 4:49pm —
I have rollie pollie problems! I hear they are beneficial creatures, so i didnt mind them being in the soil. But few days ago i noticed my beautiful red impatient plants just keeling over and dieing. I couldnt see the problem, but on a closer inspection I saw that an army of rollie pillies chewed 1/3 in to the juicy stem of the impatient plant killing the whole section! what do i do? I tried spraying some rose bug killers. I heard about using chilly pepper… Continue
Added by Prabha on May 29, 2011 at 8:40am —
My friend Gracie and I took a tour of the beautiful Reynolda Gardens yesterday, and had a wonderful time! Please enjoy them with us by clicking this link! Reynolda Gardens, Winston Salem, NC
Added by Glad Douse on May 29, 2011 at 8:30am —
I h ave my tomatoes this year in different containers. The plant in the clay pot container, all the leaves on the bottom half of the plant is turning yellow. Any ideas why and what I can do to stop it. There are tomatoes on the plant.
Added by Paula Lovett on May 28, 2011 at 9:49pm —
Good news! The chap who owns the plot next door has finally turned up. His excuse for having done nothing whatsoever this year to his allotment is that he is busy with all the arrangements for getting married next September. A reasonable excuse I suppose.
He has the rolling accent of someone from Liverpool. In other words, he is a ‘scouser’ as we affectionately like to call folk who come from that part of the world. The plot belongs to his wife-to-be. Perhaps her… Continue
Added by mike 'hazeltree' thompson on May 28, 2011 at 5:04am —
It’s hard to believe that native hedging varieties such as Hawthorn and Blackthorn can be home to as much as 350 species of wildlife.
In the countryside hedges act as a network of wildlife corridors joining together wooded areas and ponds and are a valuable food source for a host of insects, birds and small mammals. All hedges have at least some wildlife value, many non-native hedging varieties provide cover for birds and insects. The fruits of garden hedges such as Laurel and Yew are… Continue
Added by Mick And on May 28, 2011 at 4:25am —
Received umpteenth nerve block today. Difficult to just lay around and take it easy but enjoy catching up on reading(gardening of course) Hubby volunteered to water new plantings out back 18 Leyland Cypress, 3 Natchez Crepe Myrtlles, Hydranga, 2 Spiria, etc We only got a sprinkle so no real rain this week. After 3 hours he announced there's got to be abetter way to do this---so looks like my Hi-Tech RedNeck has come up with a clever alternative to installing irrigation system. So right now… Continue
Added by cindy Loyd on May 27, 2011 at 9:16pm —
I have a garden blog I started years ago as a way to keep track of the garden's many iterations.
I lost my gardening mojo last year and haven't been able to regain it. However we've put
so much hard work into it, creating ''the bones'' that it pretty much requires severe pruning every
few months and that's that. My kind of garden!
Added by This Magpies Nest on May 27, 2011 at 11:24am —
As we’re now on week 2 of non-stop rain, I’m happy to be at my drafting table, designing gardens for clients. And while the sizes and styles of the gardens I’m working on are quite different, I’ve had one common request from each and every client. That is, to make the garden “low maintenance”.
Every season seems to bring more and more requests for low maintenance gardens. This typically translates to a garden that looks great year-round, with little or no time and…
Added by sheri silver on May 27, 2011 at 7:06am —
The cool wet spring has prolonged the bloom time on many flowers so they are nice to look at out the window. It is often too cool when I am home from work to go outside to enjoy (and weed) the flower beds. It will probably suddenly become high summer and I'll be far behind.
Added by Lin Brummels on May 26, 2011 at 9:17pm —
I live in Florida and planted broccoli last November. This is the first time I have tried this veggie. The plant is 4' high with huge leaves and little sprouts on the trunk which is about 2 inches in diameter. The little bulbs are still very small. It is starting to get very hot here now, do you think my plant will make it now, just wait and see what it does and why has it taken so long for this plant to even produce. Help
Added by Jan Irey on May 26, 2011 at 6:47pm —
I planted a mountain laurel last summer in my mostly shade garden. Everything else has come up this season and is doing well except the mountain laurel which is all brown still at the end of May. Is it dead? Will the leaves turn green? ( a few have). I assumed this would be a hardy plant and could survive easily in Chicago.
Added by Marilyn J Magnusson on May 26, 2011 at 7:01am —
My hollyhocks which were planted in October 2010, survived through winter only to be devistated this spring by hollyhock rust. One lone hollyhock made it to full height rewarding us with it's white layered petticote of blooms. I just cut out all the infested greenery and will look into fungicides. I am trying to do the Organic thing, and hope there is something I can do that is safe to us all, people and plants.
Added by Suzanna Liza on May 25, 2011 at 9:00pm —
Wonderful to have no rain this evening and plenty of sun today so that everything had dried from yesterday's downpour! I toured every garden and noted the growth and the advancement of all things flower, fruit, and vegetable. A few notable "firsts" of the season: 1st cucumber flower:
Added by Glad Douse on May 25, 2011 at 7:30pm —
Witnessing mother earths natural order at work is truely awesome! My broccoli is just about to head again. If you read an earlier post you would know that the last broccoli I had was nice and big and thick and had just started to head real nice. The first good broc plants I had ever had. I came out one morning to find the heads topped off. Spent a few days investagating who done it and come to find out it was a few… Continue
Added by Meri Lee on May 24, 2011 at 11:07am —