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oldwoodentop

I have a small garden in #Carlisle I grow annuals but volunteer in other local gardens. I am a member of the Garden #Organic Master #Composter scheme.

Iris foetidissima

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2020
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oldwoodentop

Opinions appreciated. The only saving grace of this #stinkingiris is the colour of the #berries at this time of year. It #selfseeds too easily and is threatening to take over. Not sure of my next action with them.

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anges

@richard.spicer.7906 May be able to help? 🤷‍♀️😁

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cyndi

Cut seed heads off most of them to stop spread as easy....or save them with mesh or old hosiery etc thats breathable to catch seeds to share/gift/trade..Divide the plant up and see if anyone local or maybe gt members that might like to take some off your hands or trade with you...Theres #gtmeetup often with gt members .. well its an idea anyways. If i was close i would take some off your hands lol

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richard.spicer.7906

Above advice from @cyndi is good. At the end of the day, you’ll need to make a decision how keen you are on those berries as that’s what’s helping it spread. Maybe compromise and remove half the pods? That way you still see some, but reduces its chance of spreading a bit and then clear some of the existing growth too if it’s too much.

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oldwoodentop

Thank you @cyndi @richard.spicer.7906 removing the #berries goes against encouraging #wildlife into the garden but the truth is I have never seen a single bird near them. The plant itself is a bit of a #bully so I will soon have a big heap available for collection from #Carlisle 😂😂

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cyndi

Find a few native plants and trees shrubs for added berries and shelter in winter for birds. And look under #native and #wildlifefriendly #beemagnet #butterflymagnet and other tags # as well to see what other #uknative and #ukwildlife plants that can be readily and easily grown in your areas. Look also at #wildlife-pond #pond to help . Hope this helps some. You never know a few birds could be eating them.

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oldwoodentop

Thanks again @cyndi - #wildlifefriendly is the way to go!

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cyndi

Very welcome it sure is.

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