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Old 23-03-2008, 08:36 PM posted to rec.gardens.orchids
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Well, about a week ago I gave the collection an Orthene shot. Thrips were
showing up, along with the occasional mealy. I was late this year - I
usually try to get ahead of the gardenia bushes, which of course are thrip
magnets. Naturally, I sprayed them too, and like everything else they are
due for a second shot in a few days.

Friday we were out on the patio for lunch, and there was a major commotion
*in* one of the gardenias, a huge one. Two cardinals chased away a blue jay.
You guessed it. There's a new nest in there! It will be fun watching this
play out. But.........

Now I can't do a follow-up on the gardenias. Suggestions? I know the natural
remedies. Think throwing soap, alcohol, etc, at it once will do it, after
the Orthene?

Diana




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Hmmmm? I had the same thing a couple of years ago with a humming bird nest.
Yes, do the soap or if you have Neem oil but my thoughts are that maybe
the birds nested in your gardenias because they knew they would have food
closeby?
Cheers Wendy
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Well, about a week ago I gave the collection an Orthene shot. Thrips were
showing up, along with the occasional mealy. I was late this year - I
usually try to get ahead of the gardenia bushes, which of course are thrip
magnets. Naturally, I sprayed them too, and like everything else they are
due for a second shot in a few days.

Friday we were out on the patio for lunch, and there was a major commotion
*in* one of the gardenias, a huge one. Two cardinals chased away a blue
jay. You guessed it. There's a new nest in there! It will be fun watching
this play out. But.........

Now I can't do a follow-up on the gardenias. Suggestions? I know the
natural remedies. Think throwing soap, alcohol, etc, at it once will do
it, after the Orthene?

Diana




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Old 24-03-2008, 01:30 AM posted to rec.gardens.orchids
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That's a point well made, Wendy. Still, I think they just like that area.
Last year they put in a nest in a lime tree about 7 feet away!

Diana

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Hmmmm? I had the same thing a couple of years ago with a humming bird
nest.
Yes, do the soap or if you have Neem oil but my thoughts are that maybe
the birds nested in your gardenias because they knew they would have food
closeby?
Cheers Wendy
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Well, about a week ago I gave the collection an Orthene shot. Thrips were
showing up, along with the occasional mealy. I was late this year - I
usually try to get ahead of the gardenia bushes, which of course are
thrip magnets. Naturally, I sprayed them too, and like everything else
they are due for a second shot in a few days.

Friday we were out on the patio for lunch, and there was a major
commotion *in* one of the gardenias, a huge one. Two cardinals chased
away a blue jay. You guessed it. There's a new nest in there! It will be
fun watching this play out. But.........

Now I can't do a follow-up on the gardenias. Suggestions? I know the
natural remedies. Think throwing soap, alcohol, etc, at it once will do
it, after the Orthene?

Diana






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You might want to try Bayer tree and shrub as labeled, a change for most
orchid growers. Since you pour it around on the ground and let the roots
take it up the birds should be ok.

Pat


"Diana Kulaga" wrote in message
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Well, about a week ago I gave the collection an Orthene shot. Thrips were
showing up, along with the occasional mealy. I was late this year - I
usually try to get ahead of the gardenia bushes, which of course are thrip
magnets. Naturally, I sprayed them too, and like everything else they are
due for a second shot in a few days.

Friday we were out on the patio for lunch, and there was a major commotion
*in* one of the gardenias, a huge one. Two cardinals chased away a blue
jay. You guessed it. There's a new nest in there! It will be fun watching
this play out. But.........

Now I can't do a follow-up on the gardenias. Suggestions? I know the
natural remedies. Think throwing soap, alcohol, etc, at it once will do
it, after the Orthene?

Diana





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Funny you mentioned Bayer, Pat. I just asked Frank if we have any in the
garage. We use it too. That would be a lot easier than trying to dump
buckets of soapy water on an 8 foot tall (who knows how wide!) gardenia
bush.

Diana

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You might want to try Bayer tree and shrub as labeled, a change for most
orchid growers. Since you pour it around on the ground and let the roots
take it up the birds should be ok.

Pat


"Diana Kulaga" wrote in message
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Well, about a week ago I gave the collection an Orthene shot. Thrips were
showing up, along with the occasional mealy. I was late this year - I
usually try to get ahead of the gardenia bushes, which of course are
thrip magnets. Naturally, I sprayed them too, and like everything else
they are due for a second shot in a few days.

Friday we were out on the patio for lunch, and there was a major
commotion *in* one of the gardenias, a huge one. Two cardinals chased
away a blue jay. You guessed it. There's a new nest in there! It will be
fun watching this play out. But.........

Now I can't do a follow-up on the gardenias. Suggestions? I know the
natural remedies. Think throwing soap, alcohol, etc, at it once will do
it, after the Orthene?

Diana









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