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Hornets stops play!!


*So I’ve been seeing the odd hornet last week in the garden and didn’t think much of it. Then at the weekend I was getting rid of my dying annuals to make room for new perennials i’ve bought and heard what sounded like the a huge bumble bee. I looked up to the fuchsia hanging basket and to my horror there it was a Hornet not 2 inches from my face.
Run?? More like sprinted into the kitchen just waiting for a almighty stinging sensation to hit me. It didn’t thank god so had a ciggie at the door to calm myself down and see what it did next.
It then went over the fence and didn’t return whilst I was having my smoke!

So I carried on with uping the annuals and just finished with the last of the snapdragons when that noise deafened the garden again. It was back and before I could turn round to see it, WOOOOOOSH straight past my ear. My god and my heart was going 10 to the dozen.

Don’t think the wife understood why I was being like I was until she experienced it herself only the one she saw was in our bedroom whilst she was in there!! Bad times!!
So after opening the french doors and trying to nudge it from the top of the wardrobe with the broom it took the hint and left. Phewwww.

So left the gardening for the rest of saturday and carried on Sunday morning before Grand prix and then over to my Sis for BBQ.

Got up early Sunday and was all prepared for a positive day. Loads of new plants to get in and lost a lot of time on Saturday. Watered the new plants ready to plant and just starting to move a few plants around then that sound again!!
My heart sunk as new what was coming….WOOOOOOSH. Why do they have to go right past my head? lol. Looked up and not 1 but 2 sitting on the Hebe Great Orme.

Anyway to the door I flew and grabbed my camera to catch a pic. Time I got back, you guessed it….gone!! WOOOSH past my head again (sure they’ve got a bet on to see who gets the biggest scare on) and landed on the hebe flower. Stone me, there was 4 of ‘em on this cluster. Perfect for a camera shot. Zoomed in which I don’t think they liked and flew right at me!! OK so there camera shy, great.

Come indoors to find out more about them on internet and was quite amazed at them really. Apparantly there a gardeners best friend!! Guess they haven’t been told this as they don’t seam to like moi!!
Anyway, time ticked on and they was still out there at large and grand prix was starting soon so packed up.

Watched GP then over my sis for BBQ and got home about 9pm. Gina put Mia to bed and I went out to water the garden.

All was well as started watering plants at the front of the garden then the side borders and hanging baskets leaving the back section where hebe was till last. Don’t ask me why I done it this was as I usually go round clockwise but didn’t this night. Six sense maybe coz as I started watering the back section I could’ve sworn I heard that…..WOOOOOOSH. I couldn’t believe it, 9.30 and there still on the hebe unkown to me. Don’t they ever sleep? lol

Well just found out today that they don’t like water 1 bit, Oh really, I wouldn’t of guessed!! lol
How they didn’t sting me I don’t know.

So that was Sunday night which was the last time my plants had been watered unitl last night (Tuesday)
Went into my local to inquire about these hornets and anything I could do and the manager has the same problem with the same Hebe Great Orme bush. They don’t bother her but she advised they love this bush and if its affecting the rest of the garden or stopping you going out there then to get rid.

Because I’d trimmed it right back early spring it had been given a new lease of life with brand new stems and flowers which attracted the hornets even more. I didn’t buy it as it was already here so it hadn’t cost me anything and also got 2 cats who were trying to catch the hornets and a 4 year old to think about. Didn’t want them getting stung by the hornets!!

So last night I waited till 10pm to water the garden as it hadn’t been done since Sunday night. Inspected the hebe and couldn’t see 1 at all.
So got to it and left the back till last again just incase. Luckily I got it done without seeing or hearing one.

Made a decision today that the hebe has to go as I was being put off by gardening. The only problem was when to do it as they seam to be on it all day and evening.

Anyway got home from work and the heavens opened with thunder and lighting and high winds. It stopped after 15 minutes and there wasn’t any sign of them, wasps or bees. Looks like the storm had put them off from coming into my garden.

Out I went and down it came bit by bit as didn’t want to grab a big cluster of stems to find there was 1 on there. 1 hour later it was in the bag all chopped up and not a hornet had appeared whilst doing this. Bargain!!

Wasn’t going to dig the root up but sunk my spade to see how soft the earth was and it was very soft from the storm. 15 minutes later it was all out.

Lets just hope this is the last we see of the hornets otherwise I’ve just dug up a gorgeous bush for no reason!!
Next step now is to get new plants in this week!!

Hope I haven’t bored ya with this blog as it has been quite an experience for me.*

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i would have done the same,hate them

4 Aug, 2010


it seems that down here in wales there as been a lot of hornets thise year they r everywhere and today i was tidying my mams garden an i counted eight bomble bees all around her lavender or theay could have bin wasps but theay were huge

4 Aug, 2010


sorry about the spelling typing in the dark aint easy an being dyslexic dont help and i no its meant to be bumble what do u expect im welsh

4 Aug, 2010


Around here, we're dodging the yellow paper wasps we have instead of hornets. They're normally pretty mellow, but don't grab one or come too near the nest: they're armed and dangerous, then! What's really great is when they build a nest in my dwarf myrtle hedge--how am I supposed to trim it then!? Oh, well, they do a number on the loopers, anyway.

4 Aug, 2010


You did the right thing Steve. I would have dug it up as soon as I could have as well. Can't take chances with children playing near. I'm terrified of bees, wasps etc, ever since I found out I have an allergy to their stings, and not just with, those but with mosquitos and gnats etc. So yes, you most definately did the right thing. :o)))

5 Aug, 2010


Very entertaining blog. They must be very energetic creatures!!!!

5 Aug, 2010


I have tons of them in the garden at the moment....not letting my foster child out while they are around.... as he is already petried of anything that looks like wasps.

5 Aug, 2010


The one thing that no-one will actually tell you is that they are not agressive by nature. You have to provoke them in some way! Unlike wasps they do not have a foul temper built in! They do wonders with house flies and wasps, they bite their heads off and take them home to feed their young,they also do not live in vast colonies so you will not be invaded by a swarm.
If you can best leave alone.

5 Aug, 2010


I'd have run for it as well - I don't like wasps, let alone hornets! :-(((

5 Aug, 2010


You did make me laugh bogwitch with your comment. Bless ya. They would've been bumble bees or honey bees on the lavender.
Thats not good to be allergic Linda, I wouldn't worry about the bees or hornets as they don't sting for the sake of it...wasps & gnats however is something to be worried.
There not energetic at all pip, very much like the bumble bee where it just poodles about. Because there so big they don't want to waste there energy. Well thats what i read anyway! lol
Thats not good Michaella, as Midden said on the comment after yours, they really are non agressive like the bumble bee. It will only sting if they feel threatened or provoked. But like me when there are kids involved then you have to do whats best as we know what kids are like.
Midden, yes I did read up on there antics and are quite intrigued by them and amazed how much like the bee they are although they look like a giant wasp!
I've read they kill the honey bees to feed there young the larva. Not read that they kill wasps, if they do then they've now become my best friend as I hate wasps with a passion! lol

Haven't seen 1 hornet since i've been home today and kinda miss them in a way as they are fascinating to watch, but at least my daughter & I can do the garden without panicking when I hear it.

Thanks for all your replys guys, just wish I could've got a photo of them on the hebe. Just wouldn't let me near them! :-((

5 Aug, 2010


great blog steve , even had a giigle sorry at your expence hahaah, i hate wasps, dont think iv come across a hornet, not sure but apparently only sting if attacked unlike the wasp, so better you didnt see them near, thats why they didnt bother you, but understand how you feel , we all have fears for something dont we, poor hebe ;o((

5 Aug, 2010


i was always told by my nan who was an irish wise woman if tell a bee a secret it will go away it always works for me just try not to panic be calm an they will feel it but i dont think hornets speak bee

5 Aug, 2010


Glad you had a giggle Sandra and yes we do all have fears. Shame mine is wasps & hornets. After reading about them though they have the same actions as a bee rather than a wasp and don't sting willy nilly. Shame about the Hebe but the garden had to be made safe for me & my family. Thats priority over a plant.

Guess we'll never know now BW as haven't seen any sight of them since Hebe gone.

7 Aug, 2010

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