Monday, December 2, 2013
When I chose the plants for the two beds on either side of the path to the back gate, I did not realize I was making a butterfly garden. But the white mistflower turned out to be a huge beacon to pollinators: butterflies, bees, hairy flies, you name it. Here's one of the prettier visitors. Long view includes the sad chain link fence which will hopefully be covered in passionflower vine this time next year (and maybe some fritillaries). The milkweed is the one plant specifically chosen for butterflies, and it's working just fine as you can see from the monarch and queen butterflies. Blue mistflower was nothing but uninteresting foliage from last fall till this november, but it's now a noteworthy plant. Martha Gonzales rose and pavonia mix in with the white mistflower.