I have still be seeing ladybugs, but not the tiny praying mantis. I don't have a local supplier that I know of. I sent away for praying mantis. They should be here any day. Thanks much!
On 4/25/07, Jan Lauritzen <email@example.com> wrote:
Is it possible that your freeze killed off a lot of your ladybug and praying mantis population? You can usually buy them at a garden center and might want to do so to replentish them.
Dearest Gary, from a fellow TN with dashed dreams also. I have spent 4 day with at least that many left to go, cleaning flower beds. Trying to get the rotting bloom stocks out. They all made
with a jump start this year because it was so warm so early and they were at their most tender when the freeze hit.
I've been trying to figure out what hobby I want to take up this summer since gardening is beginning to depress me. LOL I have never had depression in my love.....LOVE LIFE actually, but it is a sad state of affairs around here. Please hang in there! I have some of your earlier introductions and I love your iris, so I am sure we can survive this!
It seems like because of the freeze that the iris are showing some sensitivity that I haven't seen in earlier years also. I am seeing soft rot in multiple places and have not had that problem in the past. I am also seeing more aphids this year than I have ever battled. Here's hoping that the clean up will assist with the critters also. I don't like to use any sprays. Typically have an abundance of ladybugs and praying Mantis. This
might be the year I have to go against my better wishes if the damage persists.
Hang ON Gary.............There on better days coming! :)
Linda in Lascassas
Dana Brown < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
After trimming up a couple of arilbred seedlings (I gave them a flat top haircut) that got hit by the freeze particularly hard I can tell you that new foliage is coming up and looking much better. It will get better!
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Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7:54:35 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Dashed dreams
That is pretty much how my iris look here in Mid
Missouri. The exception, I have not pulled no cut off any leaves as yet. They look like a bad case of leaf spot. I intend to go out there with scissors to trim the leaves when I can get to it. I am hoping they will produce some more leaves & stalks...... ..it may be a dream or it may be a nightmare... ...I am giving nature a little time to heal them.
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