Butterflies
I don't know how many of you bird watch and butterfly watch. I am seeing tons of monarchs coming through on the way to their winter headquarters. They are beautiful. Yes, I am a tree hugger.
Posted by: pamelastine11 on 10/11/18
I am, Pam. All the monarchs have left here, haven't seen any in a couple of weeks. Hummingbirds are gone, too. Boo-hoo!
by: susiebelle7 on 10/11/18
I have perennials:a huge rosemary bush so when I need rosemary I go out and gather some-it stays all year round and is a huge bush, lantana that is not supposed to be annual but comes up huge with yellow flowers for the butterflies. For my annuals I put out periwinkles galore and then I have succulents that I bring in. When I go to the nursery in town (I buy my flowers there to support locally instead of big box stores) I buy 2 or 3 hanging baskets to hang on my trees with shepherd's hooks. I love the different butterflies and hummingbirds. In the winter, I watch the birds who winter over and for them it is suet and black oil sunflower seeds. Oh, and I can't forget the squirrels. They are funny and I have them to thank for providing sapling pecan trees. Yes, I am a tree hugger and protector of the green. My grandma said that the flowers that we consider weeds are God's flowers. I also have 3 birdbaths. Yup, big time nature lover. Pam
by: pamelastine11 on 10/12/18
Monarch butterflies need swamp milk weed to lay their eggs. I spearheaded a Monarch WayStation on the Bay in Seaside Park NJ,. we now have hundreds of Monarchs Spring until frost
by: Grammie on 10/13/18
I have had lantana for forever and every August and September I watch the Monarchs. So beautiful. I am in southeastern Virginia. If you can find the Lantana variety MISS HUFF they come back every year.
by: Georgiann on 10/13/18
We never mow the milk weed. If there is a single milk weed plant growing in middle of our lawn, it stays there all summer just for the monarchs. However, I am not so friendly towards squirrels, Pam. Speaking from experience, whether red or gray, when they start chewing holes in your house, they are not so cute any more.
by: susiebelle7 on 10/13/18
I agree about the squirrels chewing on roofs. I forgot about that. You are right. I guess so far so good. We are going to have to have a new roof put on so I am going to put a bug in the roofer's ear to look out for any signs of critters. Pam
by: pamelastine11 on 10/13/18
I have lantana and it has grown huge. It is just the yellow. The other lantana with the pretty multi color blooms I have not had much luck with. My yellow one is around 15 years old and just comes back lusher than the year before. I have one corner in my yard that I let go wild. It has grapevine, wisteria and some roses with the trees and used railroad ties to outline. There is some greenery there that starts blooming in February with small white flowers there also. You can tell I am a tree hugger. Blame my Grandma Haskins for that!!!
by: pamelastine11 on 10/13/18
My older daughter has what looks like milkweed growing in her front yard, but it is more like a vine. Any ideas?
by: djhmom55 on 10/14/18
There is a vining milkweed also called honey vine or sand vine. Google it and see if that might be it๐Ÿ˜„
by: 113kevans on 10/14/18
I am going to see if I can get some seeds of milkweed. There are so many varieties. Will start them in the house to be planted at the appropriate time. For some reason I don't get hummingbirds til they are about to start migrating and I wish a bluebird would grace me. Out at the golf course they can't keep enough feeders for hummingbirds and they also have bluebirds. The only thing that came with me from the golf course was my German Shepherd who was dumped out there. I wouldn't take a million dollars for her. She's been a gift from God.
by: pamelastine11 on 10/14/18