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  •  Good question about the advantages of white (14+ / 0-)

    Hopefully, someone might suggest an answer.  I was wondering if, being early bloomers, they don't rely as much on being showy to attract pollinators.  

    I don't know what a ditch iris is.  Here in WA, there is an invasive Yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) that is considered a class C noxious week.  It is a wetland plant, so being in ditches sounds right.  The state suggests a couple of alternative pond irises that are purple.

    Sorry about your fish pond inhabitants.  If you want a different outlook on the problem, you could start calling your pond a heron feeder.

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    by Milly Watt on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00:29 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, I'm quite proud (12+ / 0-)

      of creating heron-friendly habitat. But its a tough bird-eat-fish world out there.

       Since Anne Dillard's wonderful "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" assured me that a mommy goldfish has 500 young a year (but eats most of them), I'm confident there are still plenty of fish lurking at pond bottom.

      I've  transplanted some of those yellow irises, I think that's what was called ditch irises.  I love the "pseudo" portion of their former name. Psuedo or not, they have pretty flowers.  I've gotten a few of the purple ones too.

      I had them in pots in the pond on shelves in a foot of water, but critters knocked them off, so they're now at pond bottom.  We'll see how they do in three feet of water.

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:31:08 AM PDT

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    •  That is an interesting question (5+ / 0-)

      Flower color and structure are usually related to the types of pollinator they have evolved to attract.  The simplistic general rules are red = bird pollinated, blue/yellow insect pollinated, and white = pollinated by nocturnal animals (insect or bat).  Probably not the case here

      Pollinators may be in short supply in the early spring and white should be easily visible to all of them.  It may also be, as suggested above that white is conspicuous even under low light conditions.

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      by matching mole on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:28:46 PM PDT

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      •  It's about time you popped in to talk pollinators. (3+ / 0-)

        I've noted the only insects flying this year so far are honey bees, cleansing themselves, and boxelder bugs. Weird spring. The swallows have arrived. What are they eating?

        'White is conspicuous even under low light conditions.' I like your suggestion.

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        by Polly Syllabic on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:43:23 PM PDT

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