I haven't had a problem with birds eating my irises.
But several yrs ago, we had a finch feeder hanging
next to one of our iris beds. The tops of the irises
were getting torn before they opened. I thought they
were eating them, but later realized that the
goldfinches were landing on the irises waiting their
turn at the feeder.
Move the feeder...problem solved..
--- Jan Lauritzen <email@example.com
> One of our members here in the San Fernando Valley
> in So. Calif. has been complaining for severa years
> about Mocking Birds eating his iris flowers and
> everyone in our club has been amazed by the idea.
> None of us has every heard of it happening. So I
> was very
interested to see that it seems to be
> across the iris country. And not just Mocking
> Birds, I guess.
> I have large numbers of Mockers and have never had
> a problem. And I can't think of any other flowers
> which are eaten or torns by birds. It is a strange
> If anyone comes up with a solution which seems to
> work, I will pass it on to our SFVIS member with the
> Jan in Chatsworth
> FRANCELLE EDWARDS <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Donald, I looked at your pictures
> before I read your story, and I thought you had iris
> loving birds like I have. My seedling 12-18 G was
> about the prettiest pink iris I had ever seen this
> morning when I took the picture I?m posting in a few
> minutes. By night it had fed a Mocking bird.
> Nothing was left. I?m sorry about the hail.
> Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9
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> Donald Eaves
> Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:31 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [iris-photos] AB: too bad
> Well, here are two photos taken of the same
> stalk today. The top was early
> before I left for work. Dark and rainy and I didn't
> have time to check the
> quality of the photo until this afternoon. The bloom
> wasn't fully open so I
> have no idea what the form would have been. The
> bottom is what it looked
> like after
I returned home from work. Hail, of
> course. Considerable
> damage, but not total. Lots of broken stalks, and
> empty bud sockets
> everywhere. No open blooms survived, but there still
> are stalks with buds.
> Recovery will be a few days though.
> This is one of my experimental crosses 'Butterfly
> Wings' X Tcha Deetch. I
> think there are enough buds left here to see a good
> bloom if nothing
> happens, but a sibling's bloom got wiped out. These
> are the ones I like to
> play with and circumstances sure aren't allowing it.
> Considerable variation
> in color on the buds and now there are a lot less of
> those and this remains
> the only bloom I've seen open. May not get to play
> much this year. This
> first one sure took after the pod parent.
> Donald Eaves
> Texas Zone 7b, USA
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