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Forum: Natural Areas 02-20-2020, 08:15 AM
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Posted By Helianthus
Yeah, I just can't bring myself to dig up such a...

Yeah, I just can't bring myself to dig up such a beautiful plant. Seems kind of immoral to me.
Definitely try gathering some seeds this year. A small light-brown capsule forms where the flowers...
Forum: Natural Areas 01-13-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,041
Posted By Helianthus
I'm starting to get the first few spring beauty...

I'm starting to get the first few spring beauty seeds I planted last spring to germinate. I've also been using their salad container to propagate springtails that I can put in terrariums to deal with...
Forum: Woodies 09-10-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By Helianthus
Oak die-off

The biggest tree on my property, a majestic white oak, has recently started having several large branches suddenly dry up and die. About 40% of the tree is affected now. It is very heart breaking...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-10-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By Helianthus
Talking Dogbane: Rodney Dangerfield Plant

Dogbane gets no respect! You never see it in any shiny native plant books or catalogs, and you'll certainly never see it in a nursery. It has such a high wildlife value, though.
I'd really like to...
Forum: Natural Areas 06-07-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,041
Posted By Helianthus
The hardest part for propagating spring beauty is...

The hardest part for propagating spring beauty is finding the seeds before the plants disappear. Bluebell seeds are a little easier, but both require good timing and vigilance.
One year I stored...
Forum: Natural Areas 05-10-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,041
Posted By Helianthus
Wow - ephemerals are pretty much done here. I...

Wow - ephemerals are pretty much done here. I already started gathering seeds of spring beauty. They're pretty easy to cultivate if you have a lot of patience. My technique is to plant the seeds in...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 05-03-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Update! These queens are all doing incredibly...

Update! These queens are all doing incredibly well. One already has over 30 workers and a big brood pile. A second queen I had worried about has hit her stride and has 12 workers now. The queen I had...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 05-03-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Helianthus
Wow! So we're not all dead-beats after all. I...

Wow! So we're not all dead-beats after all. I feel vindicated, lol.
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 04-09-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By Helianthus
Wow! That makes me feel so much better about the...

Wow! That makes me feel so much better about the messiness in my yard. I usually just run my mower over most of the leaves in my yard to mulch them, and I leave the rest as is in my flower beds. I...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 03-27-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Update! The queens all made it through...

Update! The queens all made it through hibernation. Two of them already have their first nanitics. One in particular is really thriving with 13 workers and more on the way.
I have high hopes for...
Forum: Birds Including Raptors & Hummers 01-23-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,122
Posted By Helianthus
My experience is very similar to yours. We bought...

My experience is very similar to yours. We bought our home, which is just outside of Washington, DC in 2011. It was all turf with a few crap boxwoods from Home Depot literally just dumped in holes...
Forum: North American News and Current Events 01-23-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By Helianthus
What a troubling article. I have my little patch...

What a troubling article. I have my little patch of habitat that is always full of insects, but some thing is just off with the whole planet.
Reading this immediately made me want to start eating...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-24-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Thanks! I really appreciate this info you're...

Thanks! I really appreciate this info you're sharing! The crematogaster queens I found (not sure what species) crawling on a picnic table Labor Day weekend. None of them have eggs yet, and from what...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-22-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Very interesting! So I will take your advice and...

Very interesting! So I will take your advice and just let them slow down a bit in my cooler home temps during winter. I also found three crematogaster queens at the start of September. I have them in...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-20-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Also, can I still hope to find lasius neoniger...

Also, can I still hope to find lasius neoniger down here in Virginia? Would they fly later since I'm further south?
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-20-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Wow! Thanks for the great advice. I already don't...

Wow! Thanks for the great advice. I already don't heat my ants mainly because the kitchen I keep them in stays around 81 degrees. We run minimum AC in my home.
So would you recommend not...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 09-14-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Happy to report that I did manage to find several...

Happy to report that I did manage to find several queens this summer. It's been quite an adventure learning about the different species in my area and tracking their nuptial flights. I searched for...
Forum: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods 04-09-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 813
Posted By Helianthus
Finding ant queens

Hi!
I just bought a small ant farm from eBay, and now I'm trying to find a queen ant to start up a colony in it. I was wondering if any of you had any experience finding swarming queens in the...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-19-2017, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 812
Posted By Helianthus
Asters earlier each year?

Hi!
I've noticed something odd in my garden the past couple of seasons: New England asters blooming super early. I've had the plants in about four years now, and I was really surprised to see a...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-15-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Helianthus
The other thing to wonder about is if the tree is...

The other thing to wonder about is if the tree is male or female. Bees love the male flowers, but you won't get any fruit.
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-14-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Helianthus
There was a huge persimmon in the front yard of...

There was a huge persimmon in the front yard of my childhood home. Only now do I fully appreciate how long it must have taken to reach that size. The property has since been sold, and two houses now...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-14-2017, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Helianthus
Ok, that is reassuring. I have planted out 7-8 in...

Ok, that is reassuring. I have planted out 7-8 in various spots in my yard. I guess 50 years from now it will be a 'possum, 'coon, and horn devil paradise. That is until some clueless newcomer...
Forum: North American Native Plants 06-13-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Helianthus
Slow growing persimmon

I was wondering if anyone had experience out there with growing persimmon from seed? I've been doing this for a couple of years now, and I always get them to germinate easily after some cold...
Forum: Recipes 02-17-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By Helianthus
Mead

Hi,
Mead is honey wine. To make it, you mix honey with water and either add commercial wine yeast or let airborne yeasts find their way into the mixture and let it ferment several weeks. You...
Forum: Recipes 02-16-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,439
Posted By Helianthus
sumac mead

My brother made a mead with sumac in it last summer. It was out of this world! I've been making the tea for years, too. I can't wait to harvest more this summer!
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