Sunday, September 15, 2013

Monarch- Finally !

   I`ve been patiently(well maybe impatiently) waiting for the butterflies to reappear in numbers. I have , at last , been seeing more and this morning the first Monarch appeared and really took a liking to the Fall Obedient plant. They say a squeaky wheel gets the grease, so I`m crying for rain and cooler weather again today! It has taken a lot of water to keep this plant going and it still has a few burned leaves. The drought has caused all of us in Texas to really think about our plants. However, I keep thinking that as soon as I go completely xeric, it will start with normal rainfall again !




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  1. Oh Randy how exciting...so glad you were honored by a monarch!!

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    1. I`m hoping for more when the Maximillian sunflower pops.

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  2. Lovely pictures. I've had a few Monarchs through my garden during the past week. Nothing like most years past, but it's good to see even these few. It gives us hope that all is not lost.

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    1. Butterflies, in general have not been as numerous this year. I`m no expert nor even too well versed in butterflies, but the drought can`t have helped. I have a huge Maximillian sunflower plant about to bloom, big time, and last year I saw hundreds of Monarchs on these plants where I dug mine in Mclennan County, Texas. I`m hoping that it will draw them.

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  3. I've had more monarchs this year than in previous years. Love it when they visit!

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    1. That is good to hear, with all the doom and gloom talk about Monarchs this year.

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  4. We rarely see a monarch here except in the fall when they're moving south and Salvia leucantha is in bloom.

    Thanks for dropping by my meadow post. Good eye, that is Bahia grass. Bahia holds south Georgia together. Bermuda grass holds together the richer soil parts, like flower beds.

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  5. My pleasure and bahia , though not holding this part of Texas together sure does take up it`s space here. :)

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  6. I just posted a pic of physostegia... but the butterflies hadn't found it... Glad to see the butterfly visiting yours...

    My monarchs have been raising families in my garden off n on since July...
    Don't you have several patches of milkweed going? I 'spect you'll be posting caterpillars directly...

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    1. My milkweed has been hurt by the drought, badly. I`m hopin cutting them back and some rain will bring them back. I like this plant, but it is sun tender, though in the sun it blooms great.

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    2. Physostegia is a plant for shade.... I wouldn't put it any place that I didn't have room for it to colonize like mad... It's a great plant for dry shade, but can quickly over-run an irrigated garden... with those stolons.

      I would not cut back the milkweeds, burnt milkweed leaves are better for the monarchs than none.

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  7. Your photos are great! I wish I was in the range of the Monarchs but am not. I love the color coordination between the black with white spots on their wings and body.

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    1. Thanks, Hannah, I like macro! I`m expecting my Max sunflowers to really draw the Monarchs.

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  8. My obedient plant has come and gone with no monarchs in sight. They are usually all over the mist flower but none this year. Maybe the drought or maybe taking a different route through your garden.

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