Landscape Photo #5031: Pollinator and Host Plant Garden

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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Aug 22, 2016 9:34 PM CST
This garden was started only a year ago, and was nothing more than a strip of turf grass. The Trumpet Creeper, Violets, and Rue are host plants for Sphinx Moth Caterpillars, Fritillaries(sp), and Black Swallowtails respectively. Every one has produced caterpillars already. It's mulched lightly, grown organically, and weeded somewhat. It doesn't really have a trim appearance. Rolling my eyes. But when the thyme, chives, oregano, garlic chives, and creeping phlox are in bloom it's so pretty and humming with all kinds of winged creatures. As it grows and matures, the Trumpet Vine will produce flowers for the hummingbirds, The Yucca and Mullein will become much taller and have blooms that attract moths at nighttime. I snip some of the herbs for fresh use and freezing. The ground covers will continue to spread. I have photos of the caterpillars and the butterflies it produced if anyone is interested, let me know in this thread and I'll post them here. Thanks for looking and reading.
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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Fleur569
Aug 23, 2016 8:14 PM CST
Very interesting photo and such a well done write-up. I enjoyed the information immensely. I too, am consciously trying to plant flowers, etc. that invite and seduce butterflies and hummingbirds. They make wonderful subjects for my photography hobby. I also include the delicate Dill herb for the butterfly caterpillars. Would love the see the butterflies you've had come about as a result of your garden. Don't hesitate to post them. I'll be looking forward to them. Thanks for sharing all of this.
Fleur569
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Aug 24, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Thanks Fleur for the acorn and liking my post!
I posted this on the Thread: What plants in your garden attracts the most butterflies? Copy & paste write-up:

Isn't it exciting and relaxing to see who shows up in your garden? In my experience, the best way to get and KEEP them is to be certain to provide lots of host plants as well as a big assortment of nectar plants to give them variety, that way they come to dine at your house as both caterpillars and adults. We'd prefer a loaded buffet ourselves, right? nodding Host plants on your property will help to insure that small colonies will make your place a permanent home. If any caterpillar habitat nearby your garden is taken away- for example a field or wooded area is razed for a housing development- then there go all your beautiful butterflies!! Our winged beauties have to start life children first. LOL- If you "own" your caterpillars, you wont need to "rent" your butterflies. Pollinator partnership has a super guide with lists of best suggestions for your area, just plug in your zip code:
http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm
Here's some eye candy on my fav plants for nectar and leaves
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Monarch Butterfly Milkweed plantFritillary-wild violetsThumb of 2016-08-24/nativeplantlover/75788fBlack Swallowtail on Rue
And here's the gorgeous outcome in order:
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Here's the wild violets and creeping phlox, both native plants in the area right before planting along with chives etc:
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When it was still just a strip of turf grass between two properties, 1st planting was the trumpet creeper:
Thumb of 2016-08-24/nativeplantlover/ebd9eb Thumb of 2016-08-24/nativeplantlover/41c312newborn Sphinx caterpillar on trumpet creeper this year.
<---growing this Virginia creeper could produce this: Pandora Sphinx:
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Thumb of 2016-08-24/nativeplantlover/573ece butterfly milkweed is beautiful as well as functional. Plants really do have a #1 purpose in nature, to produce food for living creatures, the fact that we like them is incidental.
"If a plant isn't feeding something it isn't doing it's job" --Dr Doug Tallamy
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Fleur569
Aug 24, 2016 9:02 PM CST
Just to add to your list of "fine dining" for caterpillars and butterflies, are two photos of Dill weed and the connissuers. I have Dill planted between many of my floral garden beds as fillers. The plant is delicate and not overbearing; besides the fact that it is a great herb. Planted between Zinnias it becomes heaven for the pollinators. I have hundreds of butterfly photos to prove that.
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P.S. I love your quotes.
Fleur569
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: Pennsylvania Bee Lover Butterflies Dragonflies
Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Birds Spiders! Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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nativeplantlover
Aug 26, 2016 9:21 PM CST
Fleur569 said:Just to add to your list of "fine dining" for caterpillars and butterflies, are two photos of Dill weed and the connissuers. I have Dill planted between many of my floral garden beds as fillers. The plant is delicate and not overbearing; besides the fact that it is a great herb. Planted between Zinnias it becomes heaven for the pollinators. I have hundreds of butterfly photos to prove that.
Thumb of 2016-08-25/Fleur569/665d4e


Thumb of 2016-08-25/Fleur569/d953f5

P.S. I love your quotes.
Fleur569


LOVELY, just beautiful! Great job with the BFs Fleur> Keep on feeding them and "capturing" them for us to enjoy Thank You! Hurray!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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