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Old 06-22-2010, 11:00 PM   #1426
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Unfortunately, this lovely iris is the source of some of the trouble in our pond.

It is not native to Canada, nor even to the U.S., but is an introduced plant.

As lovely as it is, it is listed as a noxious weed in several states and provinces.

Once introduced into a wetland, it out-competes everything else in its' chosen habitat to the detriment of everything else.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:03 PM   #1427
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The iris beds extend completely around the outside - and several large areas toward the middle - of this 10 acre site.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:07 PM   #1428
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The plants spread either through their rhizomes or by seeds.

The seed pods evidently carry thousands of seeds inside each one and may be viable for up to 40 years.

Gloves are the order of the day when removing either the flowers or pods, as the resin can cause a rash if it gets on your skin.

One way to reduce growth is to cut the flowers off before they produce the seed pods. The other is to physically remove the plant in its' entirety and dispose of by burning.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:09 AM   #1429
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How many years do they think the irises have been there? It's nice that you're all trying to get the pond back to what it once was.

The frog pictures are .
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How many years do they think the irises have been there? It's nice that you're all trying to get the pond back to what it once was.

The frog pictures are .
I don't know how long...but we have a couple of friends from the south east corner of the island who have been here over 40 years. Next time I see them I will ask.

We have been here just over 13 years, and the irises were here before us, but nowhere nearly as many as there are now.

Apparently, if we cut the flowers and seed pods off for 5 years (or so) there is a reasonable chance of reducing the number of plants considerably. But it will be an ongoing operation every year in future.
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Yesterday got messed up timewise what with the irises and trip to town. I have been trying to do one coat of varnish each day on the deck posts.

After I signed off last night, I realised I had not done yesterdays' coating.

And here is where I violated one of my cardinal rules of varnishing.

NEVER varnish under less than perfect light conditions.

It is impossible to see if you have a decent coat on for one thing, and sometimes if the light is poor - which it definitely was last night - it is hard to tell just where you have varnished.

It seems the coats are so so...but I found a hair from the brush on one of the posts. I would have seen this under good lighting.
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tsk tsk and we know you know better, been there myself doin the push and hurry up
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I deserve to be chastised for that! Next coat will be on this afternoon!
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Things like that is why God made sandpaper!
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I can't even remember how long it has been since I temporarily rigged a single light outside the French doors.

Long ago we decided to replace the one with a pair, one on each side, for appearance sake if nothing else.
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It finally bothered me enough that I decided to take out the single one and add the pair today. One more mundane thing out of the way.

I expect to be doing the soffit fairly soon, so it needed to get done.
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Almost afraid to ask what type is the wood species up thar in the rafters?
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If you are asking about the truss joists, that is OSB on both sides of 2 1/2" douglas fir.

The backing for the soffit is whatever I had kicking around at the time, some fir, some hemlock.
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One more thing I have successfully put off until today is now done.

The sill going into the shower needed to be mortared in.

The two schools of thought that know about this stuff say to use expanded metal lath - which I couldn't find anywhere - or chicken wire, which I have lots of.
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