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New Year’s Eve Blooms

Gibbs and I saw all these beautiful plants blooming their little hearts out on our walkabout today. Some, like the Australian Tree Fern and some in the mixed border, aren’t bloomers but the plants themselves are so beautiful I had to include them.

Don’t you just love living in a place like New Orleans where we can have plants blooming year round? I sure do.

We hope everyone has a very safe and fun New Year’s Eve! Cheers!

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Birds!

We recently talked about designing the garden to make sure we have nectar plants blooming year round for the butterflies. But let’s also remember our year round and migratory birds. This article gives some good ideas how to keep them happy and coming to your garden.

I’m in the process of making a cute little bird feeder to put on my balcony so the neighborhood birds will have plenty to eat. To me, watching the butterflies and birds enjoy the garden makes all the garden work worthwhile.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Winter butterflies

This is the type of news article I like to see … positive and helpful to our world: Michigan park plants 400k milkweed seeds to help Monarchs

When planting a butterfly garden it’s important to have both host and nectar plants. A “host” is the plant caterpillars eat, and “nectar” is the plant butterflies get nectar from. Milkweed is one of the few plants that is both a host and nectar plant.

In the New Orleans area we have some butterflies who don’t migrate during the winter. That’s why we should plan our butterfly garden to have nectar plants growing and blooming year round. On my little balcony I have Sweet Almond Bush, Aloysia virgata,

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Gulf fritillary on sweet almond bush

and Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima,

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Foxglove and Sweet Alyssum

both of which bloom through the winter and provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Plus their blooms are very fragrant, and that makes me very happy.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

             Jeanni and Gibbs