Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Right now, anything blooming!

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 21, 2010 12:53 PM CST
I've got this native bush growing in the front side of the yard, Netleaf Forestiera, kin to Elbowbush. It takes up space, nothing showy about it, but I've resisted taking it out for one reason. In late winter, it blooms, little tiny blooms. And the nectar-hungry insects are happy to see ANYTHING blooming like that! A Red Admiral, nectaring on it today! Soon, the Arizona Ash and the Agarita will be blooming.

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TexasPuddyPrint
Mar 25, 2010 10:04 PM CST
Awesome RA photo!!!

Hey, I saw an RA today - it was checking out the pellitory plants in my yard. Never did get to see it lay an egg - it was a tad to skittish and would fly away anytime I tried to get within a dozen feet of it - didn't occur to me to get the binocs out!

Guess that means I won't be weeding out the pellitory just yet. It is really popping up all over the place. Will give it a while to see if I notice any munching or nests on it.

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 20, 2011 5:36 PM CST
Pellitory was growing in my flower bed on the south side and I removed it before I found out it was a host plant for the RA! More showed up in the spring but I think the sun has done it in, hope it dropped seeds.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Aug 27, 2011 9:37 PM CST
That's a great pic of the RA Linda! Thumbs up

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 27, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Saw a Red Admiral this evening just after watering some hanging baskets. It lit there and I went to get the camera....of course it was gone by then.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 28, 2011 12:12 AM CST
They really ARE a pretty butterfly! Last year I had caterpillars for them all over!
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 28, 2011 7:10 PM CST
What were they using as a host plant down there Linda?
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 28, 2011 9:42 PM CST
Sheila, they were using Stinging Nettle and also the Pennsylvania Pellitory.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 29, 2011 12:47 PM CST
I had pellitory but in this heat I don't think it is there now. I am sure it will come back from seed next year. Hard to kill a weed Whistling
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wren
Aug 29, 2011 4:01 PM CST
Still get a lot of things blooming.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 29, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Pennsylvania Pellitory is an annual. But yes...it comes up easily the next year.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 29, 2011 9:59 PM CST
Wren, glad you do.... you haven't had over two months straight of 100-110 degree days! Now this week we have to go to twice a week sprinkler cycle. Only hand watering otherwise. Thumbs down Crying I am just praying I have milkweed and frostweed to offer the monarchs as they migrate.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 29, 2011 10:27 PM CST
One frostweed in the yard is starting to bloom just recently. But the normally very plentiful frostweeds out by the dry creek...dead, dormant or barely there, so probably no blooms there. Any butterfly that heads south to Texas will find very little nectar! San Antonio has been on (edit) once a week watering all summer.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 30, 2011 7:28 AM CST
We are on twice a week but I hand water only the flowering plants.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 30, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Sorry, brain wasn't turned on...I meant to say that S.A. has been on ONCE a week sprinkler watering all summer, 3 to 8 am and 8 to 10 pm. Handheld anytime. They keep talking about going to Stage 3...but they have been almost all summer, so people don't even pay much attention to that. I live in a rural county...supposed to follow S.A. rationing stages, but who's going to enforce it? I've discovered that almost nobody knows we're in Stage 2 outside of people that live in certain towns in this county. In my subdivision, not too many garden, the majority just mow whatever grass is left when needed, some have some shrubs they planted.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Aug 30, 2011 10:02 AM CST
LindaTX8 said:Pennsylvania Pellitory is an annual. But yes...it comes up easily the next year.


Have you found a commercial source for seed? I looked on the web it seems like it's sold in bird food mixes .... ?
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 30, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Makes sense, where it is it was deposited by a bird I am sure.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 30, 2011 11:52 AM CST
It's always been around here, I guess. In the occasional better rain years, it's plentiful. But mostly, it just comes up here and there. 2010 was the only year I actually saw the caterillars on them...the plants were all over!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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sheryl
Aug 31, 2011 7:16 AM CST
Well, at least I'm still getting a whole lot of attention to my zinnias - had two Monarchs on them yesterday, this is the first year I've seen them since I moved here 5 years ago. The buckeyes have come out and - as always - the Frittilaries are swarming.
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