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Friday, August 31, 2012

Cloudless Sulfur

I'm seeing a lot of yellow butterflies!

Cloudless Sulfur butterfly (Phoebis sennae) visiting partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) and coffee weed (Senna obtusifolia) to lay her eggs.

I counted a dozen caterpillars on this single coffee weed!

Some of the caterpillars.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Late Summer Wildflowers

A coupla unexpected reblooms...
White campion (Silene alba) blooms in the Spring, at the End of April, the first of May.
Seeing rebloom is nice.

I've found white campion on a weed site... I wouldn't call this flower a weed.
The only way that I've been able to propagate this jewel is by digging it, and cutting pieces off... like heuchera.
Pretty scary stuff.

The cross vine blooms about a month later than the bladder campion, generally at the end of May, the first of June.

I haven't had the big flush of bloom on the cross-vine out here in the sand that everyone gets in town, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Here's the tree that everyone loves to hate... This volunteer (is there any other kind?) mimosa is in serious danger of removal, but Ima enjoy the blooms while they're here.

Partridge pea. What can anyone say about a plant with large flowers, that doesn't require a lick of effort? Except... Where can I get some of those...

You'd think that something this cool would be included in those wild-flower mixes!

Bumble bee pays a visit.

The leaves fold up a night like a sensitive plant.
The Partridge pea is supposed to be a butterfly host plant also... I did see one caterpillar, but the battery died on the camera before I could get the shot...

I don't often see those babies after they crawl off and make chrysalises... this usually happens before I can get back out with a recharged camera.

The blue curls (Trichostema dichotomum) are blooming right on time.

Blue curl plant just before it blooms

This was originally purchased as a "golden showers tree"... I'm having a bit of difficulty tracking down which senna / cassia shrub this one is.

In the clay (in Macon), this shrub drops lots of seed, and there's babies everywhere... Here in the sand, I'm not seeing any babies.

Got some oranges (Poncirus trifoliata), I haven't actually sampled these, I've just taken everybody's word for it that they're too bitter to eat...

They're pretty, though... You're supposed to be able to make orange-ade with them, and why couldn't you use them when grilling?

Sand-hill ironweed (Vernonia-angustifolia). This native sand-hill perennial is eluding my efforts to propagate, and I really like this beauty.

The typical ironweeds won't grow out here, I've brought them out several times, and they die almost as soon as I set them out.


The butterflies continue to be very photogenic, I'm not sure how I got so many flower pictures without butterflies in them...

The lantana bushes are always covered in flowers and butterflies...
This unimproved yellow/pink high-bush lantana does produce some seeds, and I occasionally saw seedlings in the clay garden, but out here in the sand... never.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Some late season caterpillars

Caterpillars are an integral part of any butterfly garden, but ortho has the world conned into thinking that all caterpillars are bad.

There are some bad caterpillars, like the squash vine borer (SVB). Get an infestation of these, and either perform surgery on the injured plants, or wave good-bye to the crop.

Very bad news indeed! The SVB lives inside of the vine and/or fruit, and kills the plant.

The long-tailed skipper is less problematic, this caterpillar eats a leaf or two, and becomes a beautiful butterfly. I suppose there's always the option of removing the little caterpillars to one of their usual host plants like the spurred butterfly pea pictured below.

The long-tailed skipper butterfly

Caterpillars on the coffee weed. No worries, I grow coffee weed (Senna obtusifolia)for the sulfur yellow butterflies...

The coffee weed is an attractive, interesting plant, the leaves fold at night like a sensitive plant.

Buckeye caterpillar on agalinas purpurea.

Creepy looking caterpillars feasting on the pokeweed.

I'm not having any luck tracking down an id on these pokeweed caterpillars, after several pages of google results, I'm ready to ask for help in identification... Does nebody know what they are?

Pokeweed berries.

Gulf fritillary caterpillar

Gulf fritillary butterfly

As usual, I have too many pictures to post, I'll have to save the purdy wildflower pictures for my next post...


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer visitors

This gopher tortoise was hanging out in the drive, and made no effort to move until after I got out of the truck to photograph him.
The state reptile of Georgia, these guys lend cool factor to the garden.

Indigo bunting, is this guy blue enough for you?

The cow killers are colorful too.
I walk around bare-footed, but I don't think I'd want to step on one of these guys for more reasons than concerns for the critter...

The hummingbirds are adorable.

Manduca rustica caterpillar shows his close kinship to the tomato hornworm.
Feeding on vitex (chaste tree), which I'm willing to share... He crawled off and did whatever shortly after posing for this photo shoot.

Tiny Red-banded Hairstreak butterfly visiting the verbesina


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