Day 2 in Tim Vojt’s Columbus, Ohio, garden! Today he says, “In addition to planting more flowers attractive to hummingbirds, I’ve been focusing on adding plants to the gardens that are food sources for butterflies. Besides the native Asclepias syriaca, the giants among which I am standing in the photo, I’ve added several other species of milkweed to attract Monarch butterflies. This is the first year that I’ve met with success: there were several batches of Monarch caterpillars. I also planted dill, bronze fennel and parsley as food plants for Black Swallowtail butterflies and had many, many caterpillars as well. I planted both flat leaf and curly leaved parsley. The butterflies passed over the more attractive curly leaved variety for the flat leaved. You’ll have to take a really close look to see the Black Swallowtail chrysalis on the parsley photo. I really liked the foliage of all of these plants in the garden, so I didn’t feel I had to sacrifice aesthetics in order to provide food for hungry caterpillars. Of course, having a garden that attracts caterpillars also attracts predatory insects and birds. Many-a-caterpillar met its Maker before becoming a beautiful, winged creature.” Gorgeous, Tim! So interesting that the butterflies preferred the flat over the curly parsley–I prefer the curly! By the way, the beard is looking awesome! ***more photos from Tim’s garden tomorrow….
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Come and meet up at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!
I’m scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they’ll be at the show, and that they’d love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!
The RSVPs so far:
Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
May Kald (GrannyMay) – tentative
Catherine Campbell (CrannyCC) – tentative
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton? I’ll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who’s coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you’ll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…
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