pbs Digest, Vol 167, Issue 6

Nancy Defeo defeo1@cox.net
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:12:33 PST
I always get a smile on my face from PBS conversations! Worth the membership fee! Your talk of ant antics make me think our AZ Desert  critters less formidable.
Tucson bulb novice: Nancy 

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>   1. Re: Year end review (annamwal@interia.pl)
>   2. Re: Year end review (David Pilling)
>   3. gasoline and gardening (Jane Sargent)
>   4. Re: gasoline and gardening and ants (Linda Foulis)
>   5. Re: gasoline and gardening (Diane Whitehead)
>   6. Bulbs Ants & the Eco system (Steven Hart)
>   7. The Bulb Newsletter (David Pilling)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:51:23 +0100
> From: <annamwal@interia.pl>
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Year end review
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> Hi Arnold,
> Thanks for a great job! I have found some faults in the scanned Bulb 
> Newsletters (number.page):
> 20.11
> 21.7, 11
> 22.3, 7, 9
> 24.7
> 25.3, 5
> And the number 28 is lacking (two times the no 29).
> Greetings, Marek (Poland)
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> -----Oryginalna wiadomo??----- 
> From: arnold140@verizon.net
> Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:47 PM
> ...We have received permission from bulb guru Brian Mathew to have  all of 
> his  36 The Bulb Newsletter scanned and placed on our PBS web page.
> ...
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> Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:03:15 +0000
> From: David Pilling <david@davidpilling.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Year end review
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> Hi,
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>> On 13/12/2016 16:51, annamwal@interia.pl wrote:
>> Thanks for a great job! I have found some faults in the scanned Bulb
>> Newsletters (number.page):
> 
> Apologies for the problems. I'll get them fixed for tomorrow.
> 
> If anyone is wondering the password for the page is
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> bulbmania
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> -- 
> David Pilling
> http://www.davidpilling.com/
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> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:28:44 -0500
> From: Jane Sargent <jane@deskhenge.com>
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [pbs] gasoline and gardening
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> Oh, I never considered actually using the gasoline.
> 
> Some of the chemicals that have been suggested to me are probably as 
> dangerous. I don?t want the back garden to be a new Love Canal.  The 
> best success Ive had against the ants is finding some plants they don?t 
> consider very tasty.
> 
> Perhaps it is time to import a giant anteater. The ones we have on the 
> Yucatan Peninsula are small and ineffective.  There is a fluffy little 
> one that lives in trees.
> 
> Jane
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> Message: 4
> Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:17:43 -0700
> From: Linda Foulis <lmf@beautifulblooms.ab.ca>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] gasoline and gardening and ants
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> Gas is very effective, but I wouldn't use it on a regular basis and of course care must be taken.
> What I've found effective and safe is diatomaceous earth.  I make a ring of it around the house 3-4 times per summer.  It has worked better than anything else especially chemicals.  It is sold in 25 kg bags at my ag store.  
> Also effective on isolated ant hills is a couple buckets of water with a bit of dish soap mixed in.  The ants drown.  It was explained to me that the soap bursts the air bubble around the ant, therefore drowning it.  I live on an ant hill....... A very large anthill.
> Not sure if it will work on non-Alberta ants?  
> 
> Linda M Foulis
> Beautiful Blooms 
> http://www.beautifulblooms.ab.ca/
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> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:12:32 -0800
> From: Diane Whitehead <ldiane.whitehead@gmail.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] gasoline and gardening
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>> On 2016-12-13, at 3:28 PM, Jane Sargent wrote:
>> 
>> Perhaps it is time to import a giant anteater. 
> 
> 
> Maybe Australia would like them.
> 
> I can't remember exactly where, but probably Western Australia.  There were signs along the sidewalks exhorting one not to step on any ants, as they were considered essential components of the ecosystem.
> 
> Diane Whitehead
> Victoria B.C. Canada  who  places borax, sugar and water in wee dishes when carpenter ants invade my house.  They stand around the rim, slurping happily, like elephants around a waterhole.
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> Message: 6
> Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:01:36 +1000
> From: Steven Hart <hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [pbs] Bulbs Ants & the Eco system
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> Yes well I'd love a cute American fluffy ant eater in my trees lol but we have spiny little egg laying echidnas to feed so it would never work lol 
> Diane is right on the ball, ants do play extremely critical rolls in the Eco system, & poorly selected distraction of the wrong ones can be a crises, perhaps equal to the now concerning loss of bees world wide. Different ants play different rolls in the environment from pollination seed dispersion to clean up duties. 
> But which ants & where ? 
> In recant years vicious Brazilian Fire Ants slipped into Australia past the watchful eyes of quarantine & have established populations around the Brisbane & Ipswich area. These are being arial baited from helicopters & manual means. 
> Here in my unusual mountain eucalyptus & dry rainforest environment I have many types of ants & some are highly strung insect predictors, large powerful jumping ants & giant bull dog ants an inch long with stings so powerful they have made me wet myself after a bad sting, attack insects on my flower bulbs  occasionally although they live down in the rainforest & protect their homes viciously if provoked. That's a dangerous game, they can jump inches at a time & a dozen stings will send your dog or maybe you into deep shock from excruciating pain. 
> They are fine if visiting the garden & only attack if threatened. 
> I have large slow moving honey ants with giant heads who never sting at all & they work at night time snooping about the garden fir who knows what. There is many other species here & all play an important roll. One of the great risks of blanket baiting is the potential loss of native species & this can upset the Eco system. Often the loss of these native forest ants who defend their territory, can lead to more harmful introduced specials moving in. I find in city home gardens & even here sometimes, some of these take over specials cultivate & harvest mealy bug or aphids on my bulbs or other plants.
> I only kill ants if they are introduced species or black house ants which grow mealy bug quite regularly, these are a problem with my yam collection & they can cover arial tubers, or harvested stored yams with mealy bug. I tend not to use baits due to the chance of loosing good ants by mistake, so my main method is to spray nest entrances with a good dose of surface spray, I watch carefully & if they re root to a secondary entrance I will spray them until they have no escape roots left & I usually see the end if that nest. In these times good ants usually establish back to the area & reduce the invasive species returning.   
> 
> Steven Hart 
> Sunny Queensland Australia 
> 
>>> On 14 Dec 2016, at 11:12 am, Diane Whitehead <ldiane.whitehead@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> On 2016-12-13, at 3:28 PM, Jane Sargent wrote:
>>> 
>>> Perhaps it is time to import a giant anteater.
>> 
>> 
>> Maybe Australia would like them.
>> 
>> I can't remember exactly where, but probably Western Australia.  There were signs along the sidewalks exhorting one not to step on any ants, as they were considered essential components of the ecosystem.
>> 
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> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 21:47:18 +0000
> From: David Pilling <david@davidpilling.com>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [pbs] The Bulb Newsletter
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> Hi,
> 
> The complete set of the Bulb Newsletter is available from:
> 
> http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
> 
> you will need a password which is:
> 
> bulbmania
> 
> Arnold announced this a couple of days ago, and people spotted errors 
> which I have fixed.
> 
> Thanks to them.
> 
> Telling us about errors is a contribution.
> 
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> David Pilling
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