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Everything posted by carolm

  1. Are they getting into your house? In that case, the best thing to do is the make sure you seal up any cracks along that wall where you think they might be getting in. Amassing on the side of your house shouldn't be a cause for alarm unless they find their way in.
  2. The guy from the Ann Arbor Gardener blog was waxing poetic about Acer triflorum. Similar to paperbark maple but nicer.
  3. Red pepper flakes sometimes works for me. And anything with spines--rose canes or other spiny branches. I've also seen a spiny plastic mat that is supposed to placed in the garden to keep out cats. Maybe in Gardener's Supply?
  4. Thinking about putting in a native honeysuckle, (Lonicera sempervirens?), in a mixed bed and wondering how well it would behave itself. Its going to be flanked by a spirea, black chokeberry, and dwarf lilac, along with assorted perennials. Will it play nice with this group? I've read that its mainly a spring bloomer with sporadic rebloomin throughout the season. Anyone have any experience with this? Is "sporadic" just wishful thinking/
  5. I've had good luck so far with Perle d' Azur.
  6. carolm

    Wish List

    Not really a tree, but I've always longed for a fothergilla, which I would let grow to its full height. But, if forced to pick a real tree, I would say tulip tree. Always found them kind of charming.
  7. Don't recall the brand, but some corn gluten has molasses in it, providing a bit of iron.
  8. My dog already took one out and "played" with it. Can't really leave the rest there because she's aleady fixated on that spot. Don't really want to encourage rabbits in the yard, (dog would think otherwise), but I can't bring myself to do away with them. Although I certainly would be fine with nature taking its course. Any ideas?
  9. I've used diatomaceous earth to prevent my seedlings to get chewed down to stubs with mixed results. Wonder if anyone has tried sprinkling coarse sand around new seedlings. Seems like soft bodied critters would find it somewhat uncomfortable. Any thoughts before I raid someone's sand box?
  10. Finally got around to putting in my ROS shrub. Checked it today and I think I see flower buds on it! Only about the size of a BB, but its got the pretty distinctive star like sepals. Is this normal? Would these buds have been set last season?
  11. I aerate my lawn every spring when I pull dandelions out using my weed hog, which essentially takes a plug out of the lawn. More dandelions, more aeration. Seems to like it.
  12. Its not just you--the red admirals are in a frenzy this year!
  13. Thanks for the replies. Good to know that I don't have to withhold water from them. Poor things.
  14. Transplanted my tomatoes and peppers into the burpee version of peat pot. I think is a combination of paper pulp and peat. Found lots of fuzzy fungus growing on the outside of the pots, and am worried they'll work they're way to the plants. I know the obvious solution is to let it dry out, but I really don't see how I can do that and keep my transplants properly watered. Any ideas?
  15. Don't feel too bad. The kale seems to have stalled after getting its secondary leaves. Wonder if the soil was too cool early on and stunted its growth. Plus the squirrels rummaging around in that planter doesn't help either.
  16. Found some greenhouse film remnants on sale at Growers Supply co. Ordered a couple of pieces and will try that. Its supposed to be infrared reflective. I'll report back.
  17. carolm

    ROS "Blue Satin"

    Thanks, Janet. That makes it easy for me. I'll just keep it in the pot and put it where I THINK will get enough sunlight. If no flowers later this summer, then I can move it without digging it out.
  18. Beaufort, if you want to have better success finding salamanders, you should try going out on a wet night in early spring and look for them migrating into the ponds. We do salamander surveys in our woodlots and parks in AA, and I've never had good luck finding them under logs. But nighttime surveys almost always yield good results.
  19. I fowarded this question to my sister. She's a science faculty member at UM-D and teaches field biology. Here's her response: "Fingernail clams (Musculium sp.) are common residents of vernal (temporary) ponds. Adults produce live young that look like miniature adults. They live from 1-3 years and survive dry periods by burrowing into the leaf litter and soil. I would like to point out that the campus Environmental Study area is a research area and an outdoor classroom. It is a natural green island in the Detroit Metro area that contains one of the last remnants of beech-maple climax forest in Southeast Michigan, and is a crucial resource for native wildlife and migrating birds. Removing plants and animals or releasing non-native plants and animals severely degrades this sensitive area. We already have noted declines in native amphibians and wildflowers along with a rise in invasive species. We ask that visitors enjoy the Environmental Study area and surrounding grounds responsibly and help us to maintain the integrity of this valuable green space."
  20. Probably hitched a ride on unsuspecting wildlife. Its not uncommon for mollusks to spread that way.
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    There's usually a native plant vendor at the AA Farmer's Market once the weather warms up. Don't remember if he sells trillium or not. But I think Downtown Home and Garden in AA sells some native wildflower rhizomes.
  22. Or bird netting, assuming the vine will cover most of it.
  23. I like the interior cover idea. Wonder how it would work with bubble wrap. That way I wouldn't have to pull it back during the day.
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