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Monarch caterpillars

Monarch caterpillar munching away on what’s left of that clump of milkweed in my garden. Good thing I have more milkweed in other parts of the garden!

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For Monarchs to feel welcomed in your garden you’ll need Milkweed, which is a host plant for the caterpillar, and nectar plants for the butterflies. Milkweed is one of the few dual host /nectar plants for Monarchs. Other great nectar plants are coneflower, rudbeckia, bee balm, cosmos, duranta, liatris, butterfly bush, firebush, porterweed, Mexican bush sage, tall red pentas, Verbena bonariensis, lantana, zinnia, bronze fennel, passionflower, and common rue, among others.

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Want to add a butterfly garden but aren’t sure how to do it? Well, I can help you with that because butterfly and hummingbird gardens are one of my specialties! Go ahead ..  pick up that phone and give me call to set up an appointment. The butterflies will thank you.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Butterflies and Bees

It’s a warm and rainy Saturday here at the Garden Center.  When Gibbs and I did our morning walkabout I noticed the bees and butterflies were as happy as they could be as they flitted and buzzed from flower to flower sipping nectar and spreading pollen.  How pretty they are!

The Butterfly Bush keeps cranking out the gorgeous yellow blooms, and the butterflies always flock to its blooms.  I need to plant a few of these in my garden this year.

Is it raining in your area?  If so, why not put your houseplants outside and let the rain wash the dust off their leaves.  They’d also enjoy a good drink of rainwater versus the usual tap water.  It’s supposed to drop to the upper 30s tonight though, so be sure to bring them back inside.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs