Monday, December 2, 2013

Accidental Butterfly Garden

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. IMG_6512 Long view includes the sad chain link fence which will hopefully be covered in passionflower vine this time next year (and maybe some fritillaries). IMG_6559 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. IMG_6537 IMG_6544 Blue mistflower was nothing but uninteresting foliage from last fall till this november, but it's now a noteworthy plant. IMG_6561 IMG_6533 Martha Gonzales rose and pavonia mix in with the white mistflower. IMG_6489


Steph@RamblingWren said...

Don't you just love it when nature makes itself at home in your garden? I would love to know your secret to growing milkweed. I planted some 2 years ago, however it never really took off. You are right about the White mistflower being a pollinator magnet.

Amy Farrier said...

I do love when nature takes over! (as long as it's not weeds) So, milkweed...I don't know if I've figured out the secret either, but the times I've planted it I've used 4" pot transplants and put it in part sun spots. It's done fine, but it definitely hasn't gone crazy (like stuff in the full sun front yard).