Friday, February 17, 2017

Garden notes: January & February 2017

It is February 17th as I write this and I have been trying very hard to wait until it is officially spring before I go crazy with new plants and flowers for my butterfly garden.  The Verbena bonariensis is starting to shoot up new growth from their pots and most of the butterfly weed is starting to show new growth as well.  In January, I saw one lone monarch caterpillar on the one butterfly weed plants that I didn't cut back.  I was surprised he was hanging on since we've had so much heavy rain this year.  

After I cleared out the old, tired rose garden, I decided it would be nice to have a least just one rose.  I chose "Bewitched" which seemed appropriate.  This year I am creating a garden that will be entirely made up of pollinator, butterfly and humming bird plants.  That's why I've been holding out on buying anything new.  I'm waiting until the garden center brings in the good nectar filled plants.  

Here are a few pictures I snapped with my phone over the past couple of weeks with what's going on in my garden.

February 14, 2017
Bleeding hearts blooming just in time for Valentine's Day
February 4, 2017
These pots in front of the window are mostly filled with butterfly weed.  
New growth is forming on them now.
Buddhelia -  I have about 5 of these.
The bleeding hearts as they began to put out flowers.
Anyone who knows me, knows that foxgloves are a staple in my garden.  
I planted some new ones that I'm hoping will flower this year.
Fairy Primrose - It's one of my favorite flowers for this time of year.  I actually prefer this over the larger blooms of the English primrose.
Lavender - I have lots of this for the bees.  
They seem to appreciate it this time of year.
Forsythia - I had one of these in my parents' yard as a child.  The aroma brings me right back to my childhood.  I know the blooms won't last, but it was on sale and it looked so pretty so I couldn't resist.
January 21, 2017
Here is that monarch caterpillar I mentioned.  
He's just chomping away despite the heavy rain.
January 8, 2017
My new Hybrid Tea, "Bewitched" rose.

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