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 phenomen.
If anyone comes up with a solution which seems to work, I will pass it on to our SFVIS member with the problem.
Jan in Chatsworth
FRANCELLE EDWARDS <email@example.com> wrote:
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
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Donald Eaves
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:31 PM
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.
Texas Zone 7b, USA
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