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Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2004
7:38 PM

Post #921182

Hello!

This time I'm looking for different types of sunflower seeds (Teddy Bear, short, tall, yellow, red, etc.). They are to be sown in August, so that gives us approx. 1 1/2 months to fulfil this trade. Multiple trades would be great.

This is what I have to trade:

Botanical name, common name, colour of the flowers, amount of seeds per trade

Chilean native plants:

* Alonsoa meridionalis (Maske Flower) scarlet/orange (100 seeds) P

* Alstroemeria ligtu ssp simsii, orange (30 seeds) P

* Alstroemeria mix of low-growing species from the Andes Mts., whitish, pink & mauve shades (30 seeds) HP

* Argemone hunnemannii (Chilean Prickly Poppy) creamish white (50 seeds) P OUT. Please ask for these seeds in January.

* Calandrinia grandiflora, succulent with great magenta flowers (30+ seeds) P

* Calceolaria biflora, gold-yellow flowers on red stems (app. 100 seeds) P

* Cassia multiglandulosa (syn. Senna multiglandulosa), lovely shrub with clusters of golden-yellow flowers (30 seeds) P

* Cistanthe amarantoides, succulent groundcover for dry spots, magenta flowers (30 seeds) P

* Conanthera trimaculata, exotic indigo blue bell-shaped flower with a black eye; on three of its 6 petals (30 seeds) P

* Desfontainea spinosa, beautiful shrub from our rain-forests; looks much like Ilex but has much prettier flowers (15 seeds) P

* Eccremocarpus scaber / Chilean Glory vine (100 seeds) P

* Fortunatia biflora, star-shaped white flowers with a green stripe (30 seeds) P

* Olsynium junceum (syn. Sisyrinchium junceum), delicate white, pink or lilac flowers (20 seeds)

* Philippiamra celosioides (from the Atacama desert), succulet with magenta flowers (30 seeds)

* Phycella ignea (red) & Phycella bicolor (red & yellow) mix, pretty bulb plant with trumpet shaped flowers (30 seeds) P

* Rhodophiala rhodolirion, bulb plant with either white or pink flowers with red dots or stripes (30 seeds) Pb

* Schizanthus coccineus (Poor Man's Orchid) a VERY RARE Chilean native beauty from the Andes Mountains, red and yellow (30 seeds) A

* Schizanthus hookerii (Poor Man's Orchid), mauve (30 seeds) A

* Sisyrinchium striatum, purple veined yellow flowers (50 seeds) P

* Stachys philippiana & S. gilliesii mix, pink flowers (20 seeds) P


CHILEAN NATIVE TREES:

* Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Tree), small tree, can be grown as shrub, red flowers (12 seeds)


e-mail me for a list with germinating/growing tips for the above Chilean Native seeds. This list includes pictures (links).

Annuals, perennials and shrubs:

* Aloe (probably aristata), pretty succulent (30 seeds) P

* Aptenia cordifolia / mini Ice Plant, great as ground-cover or cascading plant (50 seeds) P

* Campanula takesimana, very soft pink and white flowers (50+ seeds) P

* Campanula takesimana Elizabeth, burgundy flowers (50+ seeds) P

* Canna edulis, red flowers (smaller than C. indica) (12 seeds) P

* Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) neon-blue flowers (30 seeds) P

* Geranium pyrenaicum Album, fast growing plant with masses of small white flowers (50 seeds) P

* Geranium pyrenaicum Bill Wallis, fast growing plant with small purple flowers for a long period (20 seeds) P

* Mirabilis jalapa / 4 O'clocks, beautiful bright broken colours (15 seeds) P

* Phacelia campanularia (California Bluebell), blue (30 seeds) A

All my seeds are fresh (remember we have the opposite season in the southern hemisphere), no left-overs from other traders nor from previous years. Open pollinated.


Other Seeds I am looking for:

* Lady Slippers (Cypripedium species), any colour or sp.

* Clematis, FRESH SEEDS ONLY, PLEASE, of all species and varieties I don't have

* Azorina vidallii (syn. Campanula vidallii)

* Zantedeschia "Green Godess" (Calla Lily)

* Anything unusual


I mail my seeds either in padded envelopes or in non-tearable envelopes generously protected with bubble-wrap. Before putting the seed in their individual baggies I wrap them in aluminum foil in order to avoid all the rattle and shuttle, thus unnecessarily calling for some authority's attention. This does not apply to 'soft' seeds such as Clematis, etc. I kindly ask my traders to do the same and make sure the mailer is as even as possible. Otherwise, seeds coming in to Chile will be confiscated and burnt. If you have to use the green customs sticker, please DO NOT mention seeds ("collectibles" will be fine). Thanks.

I take pride in sending very clean seeds. No dirt, no chaff. Please do the same for me.

NOTE: I only trade with Dave's Garden subscribers!


This message was edited Jul 31, 2004 11:25 PM
faronell
Henderson, NV
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2004
10:24 PM

Post #921379

Ursula, I have sunflowers just getting ready to bloom as I had thrown out a handful of mixed wildflower seed. I will take digital pics when they open and if they are what you want, I will try to save the seed. I would be very interested in native plants of your area, particularly small trees or orchid trees. I am too new to have much for trade so hoping the sunflowers will be something good. How long I wonder will it take for them to "set their seed", not sure about the correct terminology.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 22, 2004
10:58 PM

Post #921435

In response to our email I would like to have the maske flower and Schizanthus cocoineus.
Thank you
Jan
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2004
11:30 PM

Post #921475

faronell, please e-mail me so I can send you a Word document with germinating/growing tips and links for pictures of my native seeds that will make your choice easier.

Remind me in Janaruay if you want to have Bauhinia candicans (white orchid tree) seeds.

I really don't know how long it will take for your seeds to ripen, but I would not think they will make it for this year's sowing. However, since I also want to sow sunflowers next year and 'newbies' need a start, I will trade for your sunflower seeds whenever they ripen. When I first started trading (back in 1998), all I had was Asarina scandens seeds. Lucky me, many people seemed to want them and sent me extra seeds to make my start. Trading seeds is great fun!
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 22, 2004
11:32 PM

Post #921480

Jan, please e-mail me your address.
bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2004
12:17 AM

Post #921538

Ursula,

I have a few that you might want. Here is a picture of one, I will have to take more pictures. Let me know.

Bill

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Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 23, 2004
12:27 AM

Post #921545

Beautiful, Bill. Yes, yes, I want to have these seeds LOL.

E-mail me so I can send you a Word document with germinating/growing tips and links for pictures of my native seeds that will make your choice easier.

bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2004
1:31 AM

Post #921606

Ursula,

You have Mail...
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2004
4:52 AM

Post #921924

hello ursula.. let me do some seed searching and ill send a few types of sunflower seeds in the next week or so...

you can suprise me with a few pinches of seeds in return..


send me your address..

sheran cohen
po box 3745
granada hills, ca 91344
Karrie20x
Spokane, WA
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2004
7:32 AM

Post #922027

Bill THAT WAS GORGEOUS! have any extras? How tall do they get?
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 23, 2004
3:13 PM

Post #922460

Did I mention I want to trade for LOTS of different types sunflower seeds?
sheran
LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA
(Zone 10a)

June 23, 2004
3:17 PM

Post #922464

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This message was edited Jun 29, 2004 3:20 PM
bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2004
2:01 AM

Post #923132

Karrie, I will have some in a couple of weeks, they just started to bloom about a week ago. They are about 4 feet right now I am not sure how tall they will get. They do have more than one flower on the plants. I tried to count them on one plant, I stopped at 40.
trailingon
dobie, ON
(Zone 3a)

June 24, 2004
10:11 AM

Post #923604

Hi Ursula,

I have store bought packages of Fantasia, Monet's Pallette, Sungold, Mammoth Russian, and Dwarf Holiday if you are interested in any of those.
lmk
marilyn
faronell
Henderson, NV
(Zone 8b)

June 24, 2004
4:31 PM

Post #924069

Bill, Also interested in a few of your Awesome Sunflower seed if possible. Let us know...Thanks
hope43
Tulsa, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2004
7:37 PM

Post #925697

i do not know any your flowers but sound wonderful, i have lots different sunf. seeds monday i can send you full list or later this night , need to lug some clothes to laundromat and sure hate that.. so... sounds like you have such beautiful colors fancy flowers to.. trying to get interested things .. blessings Twyla..my 10 yr. old gd wants things from other countries she says cool... thanks i will let you know what i have..
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2004
3:17 AM

Post #926200

Hi Ursula,
I went to mail my package to you today but they wanted me to list what it contained. ???? I don't want to have the seeds confiscated or do something illegal so how do I go about this. Please let me know so I can get those off to you. They are in a padded 5x7 envelope so you can tell it's more then just a letter.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 26, 2004
3:25 AM

Post #926206

Jan, did you carefully read my request on how to mail the seeds (large paragraph third from bottom to top of the original thread) and follow the instructions?
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2004
3:28 PM

Post #926772

Hallo Ursula,
I also should have some storebought envelopes of Sunflowers.
**
Would love to trade for
Eccremocarpus scaber - chilean Glory vine
Campanula takesimana Elizabeth
Schizanthus hookerii

Could you please let me know if you are willing to trade ?
I also wrote you already twice to your email in the last month but did not get a reply so I am wondering if you received my emails?
Brigitte
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 26, 2004
4:04 PM

Post #926800

Hi Brigitte!

I replied to an e-mail I received last week I think, saying I never saw the first one (could be that Yahoo classified it as spam). I will e-mail you my other e-mail address.
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2004
4:09 PM

Post #926803

Yes, I read your instructions carefully so that the seeds were well protected but I missed the part about the customs declaration. I will mail that off today. Thanks for the clarification.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2004
1:56 PM

Post #927791

Ursula, I could probably send you some clematis tanguica from this season, maybe some clematis alpina(might have to wait just a bit on that) and some sunflowers. I will email you and you can send me your address again.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

June 29, 2004
2:00 PM

Post #930537

I must apologize with all my traders. Due to a very painful crisis of my arthrose I have not been able to mail the seeds I promised and will probably not be able to mail them out this week either. Please be patient. I will send them as soon as possible and let you know when this occurs.

Thanks for understanding,

Ursula
Eglantyne
Gardiner, ME
(Zone 5a)

June 29, 2004
2:13 PM

Post #930548

Hallo Ursula,
I have looked for my 5 Sunflower Seed Packets to no avail...found out that my husband gave them away since we are not going to "plant them anyway "...little does he know about us traders ,right ?
We just have to trade some other time :-),
Brigitte
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 29, 2004
5:09 PM

Post #930735

Hi Ursula,
so sorry to hear you are not feeling up to par but no problem with the seeds. Don't worry your little heart about it. I sent yours out yesterday. they went first class as priority was way too expensive. So they will probably take awhile to get to you. I sents several different varieties so you can decide what you want to use. Take care of yourself first.
Jan
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

June 29, 2004
10:31 PM

Post #931102

I am new to this forum, but have some sunflower seeds that are certified organic. I don't know what to get in return, as I am in an unusual climate zone 6/7, freezes 4/20 & 10/20. I have these seeds: Russian Mammoth, Jerusalem Sunrise, Mexican. Later in the year, I will have Tiger's Eye Mix. I will look your list over again, and look forward to hearing from you when you are feeling up to it...
The Cal Bluebell and the 4 O'Clocks would suit me fine, please let me know which sunflowers you would like, or I can split up the packets and send some of all. They are new, purchased to plant for this season. Thank You :)

This message was edited Jun 29, 2004 7:30 PM
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

June 30, 2004
12:31 AM

Post #931221

Bill, when you have some seed, I would love to trade something for some of your Gorgeous Sunflowers. Do you know what they are called?
bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 18, 2004
9:32 PM

Post #957479



This message was edited Jul 18, 2004 4:33 PM
bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 18, 2004
9:32 PM

Post #957482

Hi Ursula,

Glad you received the seeds safe and sound. I hope they do well for you...
Gourdbeader
Toledo, OR
(Zone 8a)

July 26, 2004
4:39 PM

Post #968680

Hi Ursula,
Thank you so much for all the seeds. your generosity is overwhelming.
I hope you get lots of sunflowers from all the seeds you have received.
Thanks again
Jan
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2004
4:46 PM

Post #968689

Hi Jan,

I'm very pleased you like the seeds I sent you.

Seeds will be sown mid August and I'm already dreaming about a Sunflower jungle LOL.
bill_casey
Valdosta, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2004
12:19 AM

Post #969315

Hi Ursula,

I received my seeds today. Thank you very much. I enjoyed trading with you.

Bill
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

July 27, 2004
1:11 AM

Post #969397

Hi Bill,

thanks for letting me know. I enjoyed trading with you as well and look forward to do it again.

Ursula
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2004
2:40 AM

Post #979071

Hi Ursala, I have lots of seeds of this sunflower. It's a deep burgundy and multiheaded. I believe the name is "Prado" I will post again another sunflower right after this one. PLMK if you're interested in these.
~Kim
P.S. Sorry about the sun glare in this pic...

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Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2004
2:43 AM

Post #979078

Hi Ursala, Here's the other..This one is Multiheaded too..I believ it's called Sunshine...I'll have to see if I can find it somewhere online
~Kim
P.S. Let me know if you're interested in this one. Also have some others..

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Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2004
2:54 AM

Post #979097

Ursala, I didn't realize how [deleted] my other picture was...LOL.. Let me see if I can find another one..I also have safflowers..autumn beauties...One of my favorites. Last year I got 50 sunflowers on one plant! I also have some dwarfs..I'm the sunflower lady...So I'll just see what I can find you :-D
~Kim

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Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 1, 2004
3:33 AM

Post #979156

WOW, they are beautiful!

Kim, could you send me a list with the varieties you have, so we can trade for the ones I do not have yet?

Do you know if there is a perennial Sunflower?

Ursula
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 1, 2004
3:48 AM

Post #979191

Yes there are several perrennial sunflowers.. One off hand is...Helianthus maximilianii. Which I'm out of those seeds. But I'm sure I can find you some. I will get a list of my sunflowers and send tomorrow..I have to head to bed. Some I only have 4-5 seeds of. But I'll get you the list by morning. Thanks! Also this will give me time to look through the seeds you listed.
~Kim
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 3, 2004
6:30 AM

Post #982686

Ursala, I just aquired 2 types of perennial sunflower seeds..Let me know if I should put some aside for you?? :-D
~Kim
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
1:43 PM

Post #983123

Thanks Kim. Yes, please.

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
2:02 PM

Post #983152

Ursula
Where are you , want to listen you.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
2:09 PM

Post #983166

Sorry gumlla, but cannot shout that loud to be heard in Pakistan LOL...

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
7:13 PM

Post #983593

HA HA HA HA , hELLO , HOPE YOU WILL BE FINE LIKE ME.ANY NEWS?
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
8:11 PM

Post #983706

Hello gumlla!

No special news. It's raining (pouring) since Sunday and will not stop until Wednesday (according to the forecast).

My Freesias will bloom in about two more weeks. I love their colour display and scent!

Keep posting pictures - we all love them!

Greetings from wet Santiago,

Ursula
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 3, 2004
8:34 PM

Post #983742

Ursala, Your birdie left the coupe today! Hope it arrives safe and sound.
~Kim
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 3, 2004
8:38 PM

Post #983750

Thanks, Kim. Will let you know when the birdie arrives! As I told you, your birdie is leaving on Thursday, so there is still time for you to let me know which other seeds would make you happy.

Ursula

Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 3, 2004
8:52 PM

Post #983770

Ohhhhhh gumlla, Your Birdie left the coupe too! :-D Should be 4-7 days (hopefully) LOL
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2004
12:31 AM

Post #984227

Ohhhh Ursala...I just left the sunflower patch. They're coming out all different colors! I may have planted too many different colors too close together? Please forgive me if your sunflowers come out with Blue and Green Poka Dots...LOL. I think these were the Red sunflower seeds I had, but I thought I gave them all away...Some are coming out Bronze too :-0 I'll post that pic next. Also I can gather you some of these seeds. Let me know if interested.
~Kim

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Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2004
12:33 AM

Post #984231

Not sure which one this is... :-0 Is it legal if I just start making up names for them?? LOL

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Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2004
12:35 AM

Post #984237

Mr. Bronzy...Like that name?? LOL

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Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 4, 2004
1:29 AM

Post #984342

Thanks Kim, but I have more than enough Sunflower seeds for this season. It will be such fun to see what comes out from the many varieties I have received! Will let you know if I obtain a blue flower LOL.
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

August 4, 2004
4:24 AM

Post #984723

Ursula~
Yours left today, air mail, they said 4-7 days. I sent you 4 or 5 varieties, I hope they get there in time.
Tamara
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 12, 2004
2:28 AM

Post #998153

I need the help of my traders!

Some of the lovely seeds you all sent me do not have an indication of the approximate height of the plant. If you identify any of these varieties, please let me know their approx. height and, if possible, at what distance from each other they should be sown.

- Italian White
- Beautiful red seeds from gumlla in Pakistan
- Sunset
- Ornamental blend (may include Velvet Queen, Autumn Beauty,
Lemon Queen and Indian Blanket) (Plant Fiend)
- Fun'n Sun hybrid mix
- Incredible
- False perennial Sunflower

Thank you very much!

Ursula

This message was edited Aug 11, 2004 11:05 PM
Kim_M
Hamburg, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 12, 2004
3:02 AM

Post #998221

Ursala, I plant my Autumn Beauties 5 feet apart. Because some of them get about 4 feet wide. Mine are Biggies..my friends say I feed them Steak and Potatoes...LOL

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

August 15, 2004
8:35 AM

Post #1002918

Ursula
These seeds are from a very big sunflower plant, height will be more than 8 feet and size of the flower will be 10 to 15 inch, hope this plant will increase the beauty of your garden.I have more seeds of this plant , tell me if you want to have more .
Distance should be 2 feet b/w plants.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

August 15, 2004
2:28 PM

Post #1003161

Thanks gumlla! Today is the day! Seeds will be sown but not in my garden (for reasons of space). My friend Pipe (Peepa) has lots of space and hardly any plants. The Sunflowers will be the start for a new garden. They will be the start for some troubles too, because so far his dogs have been allowed to do (almost) whatever they wanted LOL.

I received many great Sunflowerseeds from my traders/garden pals and really do not need more (at least for this year LOL). Thanks to all of you!

Today we will sow approx. 50% of the seeds and the rest will be sown with intervals of 1 week; this, to stretch the flowering season.

Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2005
3:40 AM

Post #1274764

Would you consider Sunflower Razzamatazz this year in 2005? I also have Helianthus Ring of Fire. Let me know & thanks.

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Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2005
3:42 AM

Post #1274767

Billcasey, that is such an unusual sunflower. Would you like to trade some seeds of that for Razzamatazz (U.K)? LMK & tks.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 6, 2005
12:20 PM

Post #1275042

Hello Buttoneer!

Haven't seen you in a long time!.

Unfortunately, I have to decline your kind offer. The seeds I requested in this thread were sowed in a friend's yard (I live in an apartment and only have two large balconies to garden) and, unfortunately most of the Sunflower plantils were eaten by slugs and 'tijeretas'. We re-sowed seeds on a weekly basis and Pipe went out slug-hunting every night, but they beated us. Only some 15/20 plants survive into adulthood.

The good thing is I saved some seeds of each of the many kinds my traderst sent me.

Pipe is seriously considering buying a house and as long as he doesn't we will not know what size his garden will be and if there is space for Sunflowers or not.

From time to time I buy a Lottery ticket, just to dream for a few days of the acre or maybe two I would buy hopefully in the mountais (at least far from the city), build a little adobe house and plant everything I grow from the many seeds I have traded and that are patiently waiting to be sowed.

Thanks for your kind offer!

Ursula
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2005
7:05 PM

Post #1275854

Ursula, did you know that you can kill slugs with 70% alcohol? I pour mine in a sprayer and every night, go into the greenhouse and kill lots of slugs with it. They can't stand the alcohol and burn up & die. Just a suggestion. Ok, no problem on the sunflower seeds, but if you ever want to trade, let me know. Good luck with your garden this year in 2005.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 6, 2005
7:56 PM

Post #1275922

Judy, the problem wasn't killing the slugs, but finding them in a VERY BIG YARD. And there were also the very elusive 'tijeretas' (scissors), small insects with claws that destroy any new plantil, except for the weeds LOL. I would say there are millions of them and it is not possible to use posion, because Pipe is a Veterinarian and has many pets and they are allowed into most of the yard.

We are right in the middle of summer and the gardening season has been great, except ... there is a big bird that comes to my balconies and looks for worms in my pots. It seems that when he does not find them he gets angry and pulls all newly transplanted plantils out of the soil. Yesterday he pulled the same Adenophoras out THREE TIMES. This morning I was very happy when I saw they were recovering from multiple pullouts/re-plantings, only to later find them pulled out again (and the soil 'evenly' distributed on my balcony)... @*#%@& bird ! This has become a personal issue!!! Do you think he would drink some alcohol if I left it there for him, get drunk and feel so miserable he would never want to come back? LOL

How are your knees doing?

Hugs,

Ursula
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 6, 2005
8:42 PM

Post #1276010

Hi Ursula. My knees are great! I got the shots for the 2nd time this past June and I have been walking and feeling very little pain. As long as it works & my insurance pays for it, I will continue to get the shots. You know, you could shot the bird with a b-b gun and that would discourage him. It would sting him but not hurt him. That scissors insect sounds awful. Do you have any photos of them? Thanks. Hugs right back to you.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 8, 2005
3:24 AM

Post #1278451

What's a b-b gun, Judy? Is it a water gun? I'm sure that bird is watching me, because he stricked again today! This time it was my beloved Gloriosa superba plantil.

How can you make a bird understand you will not harm him/her, but to let your plantils in peace? (otherwise I might become violent and shout some naughty words at him/her - my neighbours would be delighted to hear me shouting at a bird...)

Next time I go to Pipe's I'll try to make a photo of the 'tijeretas' - they are not very cooperative and run away.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 8, 2005
11:55 AM

Post #1278731

A b-b gun is a gun (usually for kids) that shoots small pellets that sting but do no damage.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 8, 2005
2:49 PM

Post #1278925

Judy, that bird (in fact it's a couple) is smarter than I am - at least faster. When I get to the balcony the damage is already done. Yesterday I covered all the young plantils with a plastic wire (looks awful!), but I cannot cover each and every pot I have some of my plants are to feet high or taller.

Guess I will have to buy some worms for these birds ...
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 9, 2005
11:49 AM

Post #1280210

You could always get a cat?????!!!!!?????
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 9, 2005
12:48 PM

Post #1280278

I have a cat, Muschito, but he is disabled and watches the bird from a safe distance.
LOL
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2005
12:33 AM

Post #1281451

Get another cat. LOL
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2005
1:27 AM

Post #1281532

I have another cat, Clarissa, but they never got along well and when we had to move back to the apartment they almost scratched each others eyes out of their heads. Clarissa is now placed with a friend that has only female cats and I pay alimony LOL. She is very happy there and only pays attention to me for the first few minutes upon my arrival, just to check if I have any treats for the kitties.

Its sad, because I would love to have two or three kitties in the house, but Muschito wants to be the one and only.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 18, 2005
6:51 PM

Post #1296003

Judy, look what I'm doing to protect my plants from the attack of the silly bird:

This is a Zantedeschia Green Godess blooming for the very first time.

Thumbnail by Ursula
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 18, 2005
7:00 PM

Post #1296010

I'm using the nets where supermarket fruits and potatoes are packed. Does not look nice at all, but my plants do not have to be afraid of the silly bird anymore. His last victims were 2 Passiflora mollissima plantils (I was able to recover one), the only Codonopsis pilosula that germinated for me (this one he tore in several small pieces!) and a plantil of Peumus boldus (a native tree).
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 18, 2005
11:55 PM

Post #1296429

I think I'd put a cat muzzle on him! Just kidding but whatever works. Did you ever try orange peels? I use it to keep my little rat terrier dog from getting in the waste paper can and tearing everything up in there.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 19, 2005
1:04 AM

Post #1296513

No, I had not heard about orange peels. Are you shure that would keep the silly bird from tearing my plantils into little pieces?
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2005
7:22 PM

Post #1297648

I don't know. I was thinking about dogs & cats not liking orange peels. Not sure about birds. Hey, I got it! Why don't you plant very prickly cactus around the plants your birds seem to love? They won't get near spiny plants.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

February 19, 2005
7:31 PM

Post #1297661

They do, Judy! One of our native small trees/shrub, Acacia caven, has many, many thorns and is known as the tree that hosts more birds that any other LOL.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2005
2:12 AM

Post #1298147

Oh my stars, I give up!!! LOLOLOL
babalu
Campinas
Brazil
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2005
1:41 PM

Post #1322812

Hi Ursula;
Do you still have some Philippiamra celosioides for an old friend ?
Beijos
Antonio
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

March 6, 2005
2:26 PM

Post #1322877

Hey, there you are!

Antonio, I sent you a private e-mail. I'm so happy to see you back!!!!!

Ursula
djm906
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 10, 2005
1:47 AM

Post #1329682

Ursula, Do they sell those life size owls made of plastic in your country that are made to scare away squirrels and other birds that get in the garden?
Or maybe those pin wheels than spin around when the wind blows, just so there is the motion that might scare that thing away? Or a wind sock with long trailing streamers hanging down that might scare your visitor? How about a roll of chicken wire that would cover all the plants, somehow? There has to be a way to deter the thiing! Maybe an old cage (large). Doris
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

March 10, 2005
2:56 AM

Post #1329791

Hi Doris!

Nope, we neither have life-size-plastic-owls nor squirrels (maybe that's why I thinks they are soooo cute!).

The net-wrapped pots have worked so far, but I can tell you: that bird is looking for revenge LOL. This is a smart enemy!

I think the pin wheels should be given a try if that silly bird (Zorzal) outsmarts my pot-netting. Thanks for the idea!

Hugs,

Ursula
djm906
Mount Prospect, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 11, 2005
1:24 AM

Post #1331188

I had some stupid bird last spring, must've been a woodpecker type, and it was drilling holes in the house. It would dig its feet into the wood and drill away! Finally I collected a few of those cd discs that come in the mail and suspended a few from the gutters near the drilling site. They sway and spin around and the sun glances off of them, and it did work. I t didn't return this year, thank heavens!
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

March 11, 2005
11:45 AM

Post #1331667

At least woodpeckers are cute LOL.

Look at this bird http://www.gochile.cl/spa/guide/ChileFloraFauna/Birds.asp?SPID=TURDFALC

Not even pretty LOL and measures a little over 10".


KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2005
10:19 PM

Post #1355195

Ursula, if you haven't found enough sunflower seeds, email me - I can send you some different kinds, including lemon ice - a really pretty variety.
Ursula
Santiago
Chile
(Zone 9b)

March 23, 2005
1:48 AM

Post #1355712

Kay, that's very sweet of you, but after sowing hundreds of seeds at my friend Pipe's house, only some 10 made it all the way through because of slugs, snails and 'tijeretas'. On the other hand, Pipe is looking for a house (wants to buy this time) and will probably move to his new home around the time they should be sowed (August in our case). Anyway, is saved some of each of the many kinds of sunflower seeds I was sent, so thanks, but I don't think I need more. (I live in an apartment, that's why I have to sow sunflowers in a friend's garden).

If there are any seeds on my list on top of this thread you would like to have, please send me a private DG mail and I will be glad to check if I still have some.

Ursula

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