Problem with Iris danfordiae

Jude Haverington tylus.seklos@gmail.com
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:28:48 PST
Wow - never knew that - or witnessed that - interesting. Thanks!


On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM, Jim McKenney <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:

> Jude, sparrows are little devils during the late winter when the first
> tender, tasty new flowers pop up. They really go for crocuses, and Iris
> danfordiae probably looks and tastes to them like a crocus.
> Jim McKenney
>
>
>
> On Monday, February 17, 2014 12:09 PM, Jude Haverington <
> tylus.seklos@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Sparrows ? I've never seen them feed upon flowers. If this is a
> possibility, then I learned something new!
>
>
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM, Jim McKenney
> <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:
>
> > Sparrows would be my guess.
> > The commonest sparrow here is the so-called English or House Sparrow
> > which, as it turns out, is technically a Weaver Finch and not closely
> > related to the other birds native here which are called sparrows.
> >
> > Jim McKenney
> > Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Song Sparrows
> > and White-throated Sparrows are daily visitors to the crumb table at this
> > time of year.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Monday, February 17, 2014 11:48 AM, Jude Haverington <
> > tylus.seklos@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> > I'm not sure about your part of the country, but insects often eat plant
> > leaves and flowers, and it could be a lot of different things.
> > Additionally, it could even be something like rabbits, snails or slugs.
> > You haven't included any details on the type of damage you are seeing.
> That
> > would be helpful.
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 5:04 AM, Luc Bulot <bulot@cerege.fr> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > My recently planted Iris danfordiae went real fine and the flowers buds
> > > started to bloom about a week ago...
> > >
> > > Unfortunately some pest seems to eat the flowers as soon as they start
> > > to open...
> > >
> > > Did anybody experienced that ?
> > > Any idea what kind of pest it can be ?
> > >
> > > Forgot to say that I am living in SE France...
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > >
> > > Luc
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