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jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 16, 2010
1:03 PM

Post #7633798

plants. Is anyone here on Facebook? Would you all ike to join?

We could also share information on the nectar plants and other aspects of butterfly and hummingbird gardening. I know Dave's gets alot of traffic, but Facebook gets TONS!There are a few sites out there, but they are mostly inactive and there is little to no information on them. We could also send out seeds to those who are just starting and let them grow some basic nectar plants (zinnias and such), as well as milkweed and other hosts.

Let me know if there is any interest, and I will set up the page.

Thanks, Jennifer

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 18, 2010
7:50 AM

Post #7638341

I am, I will.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 18, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #7639841

I am on fb and will join your group. Not so sure about seed mailing offer, you might get a bunch of action with that.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2010
8:03 PM

Post #7639854

Yes, I am still undecided about that. I don't have to send a bunch of seeds, just enough for someone to get started. I will think about it some more. I am on FB now looking to get the page up and running.

Thanks for your interest :)
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 18, 2010
8:21 PM

Post #7639895

OK, here is the name of the group: "Spread the Love for Butterflies - Plant host and nectar plants!"
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2010
7:06 PM

Post #7644159

I updated the page, and offered some Milkweed, Mexican Sunflower, and Salvia seeds.

We have 13 members - it's a start!

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

March 22, 2010
6:31 PM

Post #7649048

I just joined - will take time when I get back home to check it out thoroughly :o)
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 22, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #7649193

Thanks :)

Please add any information you want. The more diverse, the more we learn from each other!

Jennifer
terrieurban
Indialantic, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 3, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #7676482

I just joined too!

:+)
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #7676964

Thanks Terrie! We have 97 memebers now.
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 5, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #7681035

Do you have a link to your page?
Found it :) joined and invited some friends

This message was edited Apr 5, 2010 9:14 AM
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2010
3:26 PM

Post #7682197

Awesome thanks! We have over 100 members now.
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2010
3:33 AM

Post #7706760

I just joined :)
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7708309

Thanks! We have really grown. 122 members as of today. I want to try for 150 before May, so invite your friends if they are interested :)
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2010
1:54 PM

Post #7713159

I'll join tonight.
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2010
3:49 PM

Post #7713416

I am on FB too, but don't go on as much... I don't have anymmore seeds at this time as I gave them away at my last plant swap.. with the same intentions as you Jennifer...to let the novice gardener's know what milkweed is for etc.
But I would join the FB page ..you never know.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7714467

Thanks to both of you :)

I have PLENTY Milkweed seeds. I bought a few ounces which filled half of a gallon Ziploc bag. I haven't had many people ask for them, but I have them! If anyone would like some, just let me know and I will send them out :)
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 25, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7736080

I can't think of anyone neding more & I have a plant swap this weekend..so if anyone asks I will let them know..thank you for the offer.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2010
3:26 PM

Post #7736291

No problem :)
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 25, 2010
8:05 PM

Post #7737127

I don't have a FB account but my wife does. I'll ask her to look into your account...

Check out my new butterfly/ hummingbird garden. I did this today (I should say "we" but DW was the foreman more or less.) Wish I had taken a "before" photo, but basically this area was a total eye sore due to some miscellaneous pots stashed in this area, plus my dogs had dug up much the grass and so the soil was exposed and the area was full of holes.

Sorry for the blurry pic but it was taken from a camera phone. There is one firecracker plant in the background, plus one butterfly bush on the extreme right. There is a Turk's Cap in the foreground, and two cigar plants (David Verity) and two butterfly weeds as well.

I am so relieved to finally be done with this project...

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jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #7737156

Very nice! The butterfly bush is a magnet for butterflys and hummingbirds here. Congratulations on the new garden :)
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #7737157

Very nice! The butterfly bush is a magnet for butterflys and hummingbirds here. Congratulations on the new garden :)
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 27, 2010
1:10 PM

Post #7742663

Very nice John... keep up the good work!! After you've rested of course! hahahahaha
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 27, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #7743067

Thanks, Cindy. I can't wait for the plants to really "take off" and fill in the flower bed real nice so the birds/ butterflies will stop by soon!

A guy at our local farmer's market had something called a porter weed for sale, about 18" or so tall ($9.) It might make an good addition, according to the plant files.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2010
5:02 AM

Post #7744520

Yah, i've heard they love that stuff.
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2010
11:36 AM

Post #7745569

well... have you looked up porterweed?? I have.. it can be invasive! It is a weed..hence it's name... so it will grow!!! hahahaha
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
1:31 PM

Post #7745830

The butterflies do like porter weed. It gets really tall, 6 feet or so. It hasn't been invasive for me so far and I've had it several years.
cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 28, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7745856

Pestee42... I guess it depends on the zone lived in..hahahaha
realbirdlady
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
1:54 PM

Post #7745887

There are several different species loosely lumped together as porter weed. You might get the guy to tell you which one it is.
pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7746002

Very true Cindylove.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7746764

Yah, for sure not invasive up here! LOL.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 28, 2010
8:47 PM

Post #7747201

I planted some a few years ago, and it does spread, but it is easy to identify and pull up. The leaves are green, but have purple veins, and are textured. They come up pretty easy. The butterflies and hummingbirds do LOVE them though!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 29, 2010
4:57 AM

Post #7747602

is it just a nectar plant then? any hosting going on?

jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 29, 2010
2:52 PM

Post #7749183

I don't think it's a host plant for anything.
flagardener
Crestview, FL
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #7783742

hi all what's the FB name? im on facebook all the time and would love to join too

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 11, 2010
10:05 PM

Post #7785537

Here is the post...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7639895
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #7785749

Thanks Sheila!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
6:27 AM

Post #7789195

Jennifer, question...
I have noticed each time I pull up this thread the font changes...what is up?? Is there some way you have changed it. Not just the posts, but the whole format of Daves is different.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2010
10:40 PM

Post #7791585

I noticed the same thing. I have no idea why it happened. Maybe because we're all so special ;)
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2010
11:36 AM

Post #7902873

I am putting this pic, taken today, here only because I posted a photo of this same bed earlier on this thread on April 25th.

The butterfly weed has really taken off like the weed it is. My Turk's Cap has started to develop pink blooms, but it has some sort of mildew or fungus here and there so I don't know what to do. I'll need to take a picture so someone can ID. The cigar plants are doing fine but the butterfly bush could probably use more sun. I planted strawberries for the kiddies as well, but there is still plenty of room for other stuff. I am currently growing purple coneflowers from seed so hopefully they continue to grow strong so I can plant in this garden one day.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2010
12:18 PM

Post #7902987

Looking great! Only problem I see is that it is just the start of a whole lot of other flower beds. You have the fever now...plus when the butterflies come you will want to have more for them! LOL!
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 19, 2010
10:34 PM

Post #7904345

It looks great! You can always plant more Milkweed. At some point each summer you will have a "lack of host plant crisis" ;)
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2010
8:35 AM

Post #7904946

Thanks, this a lot of fun and I am already seeing some butterflys here and there in my garden.

Oh-I posted this on the beginner's flowers forum but haven't gotten a response yet. Do any of you know what these are? They have congregated at the tips of many branches on my Turk's Cap. I believe they are responsible for destroying the pink blooms that were just beginning to develop.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2010
12:47 PM

Post #7908069

I can tell you what they are, but not how to rid of them without killing lady bug and butterfly larvae. I have them this year and plan to use a cotton ball and alchol as was suggested
http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/go/1553/
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #7908112

Note: stop by CVS on the way home and buy big jug of rubbing alcohol.


Thanks Sheila!!!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2010
1:06 PM

Post #7908147

It can't be too good on the plants so I am going to water it down a bit at first and use it on some of my more prolific plants first. Good luck!
tlcgarden
Bentonia, MS

June 24, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #7917019

hey yall i am new to the butterfly and hummingbird forum. i have been on the daylily forum for quite some time. i just got a new camera and with this camera i am able to take great shots of hummers and butterflies. i have a great passion for hummers and now butterflies. i am on facebook all the time and i have now joined the page yall are talking about. i know i am probably too late but would love to get get seeds that would attract hummers and butterflies. thanks all. tina

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2010
1:01 PM

Post #7917035

[quote="jlp222"]Thanks to both of you :)

I have PLENTY Milkweed seeds. I bought a few ounces which filled half of a gallon Ziploc bag. I haven't had many people ask for them, but I have them! If anyone would like some, just let me know and I will send them out :)[/quote]

tlcgarden
Bentonia, MS

June 24, 2010
1:35 PM

Post #7917142

i know this is not the thread for this but can i post my daily hummer and butterfly pictures on this forum?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #7917916

tlc...pop over to this thread and post pictures all you want to. We have been doing the thread there for years. Note page 76!! LOL!
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1103949/
JohnCrichton75
League City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2010
6:38 PM

Post #7917965

Sheila- I used 2 cups of isopropyl alcohol and 2 cups of water and just sprayed like mad yesterday. The infestation was great, but the solution you recommended seemed to do the trick. This evening, the bugs were in much fewer numbers, but I will treat aggressively and hopefully keep them at bay. Thanks again.

jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2010
9:19 AM

Post #7924824

Hey guys, sorry I was MIA for a few days. My subscription expired and I just got back active today.

I still have alot of Milkweed and Zinnia seeds if anyone is interested.

Jennifer
Hindernone
Broadway, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2010
3:29 PM

Post #7931113

Joined the FB site just now... aka Jo Kelly is the user handle for me on FB
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2010
9:28 AM

Post #7932974

Very cool, thanks!
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #8054944

We now have 197 members! Come join us if you haven't :)
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 18, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #8106784

jlp222,
Do you still have milkweed seed? I've never grown it but love my butterflies and hummers.

Patti
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 18, 2010
8:00 PM

Post #8106802

OH, and forgot to mention...I am the 200th friend to your FB sight. I don't have a lot of attracters for the butterflies and hummingbirds, so any seeds, etc would be greatly appreciated. I have zinnias and butterfly bushes but the bf bushes are really small right now. Thought I had lost all of them during the extremem heat here when I skipped 1 day of watering, but only lost 1out of 5.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 19, 2010
1:49 PM

Post #8107955

That heat was pretty fierce this year. My BF bushes just about died also. I have trimmed them back some but didn't want to completely cut them yet.
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2011
8:46 PM

Post #8294700

Hey everyone, I am back at Daves! I just re-joined after a very busy few months. I do still have milkweed seeds, and also some zinnia seeds. If anyone would like some, please let me know! Milkweed seeds do like some cold before germinating, so get started soon. :) Jennifer
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 28, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8592676

Come join if you haven't yet!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8593403

I would like some milkweed seed. I already have my zinnia's planted. I'm in the address exchange.

I'll try to find you on FB also. I don't go there a lot, but will see.

Thanks!
Patti

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 31, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8600491

Crit - have milkweed seed, will travel.

i had my yard certified as a Monarch Waystation through the University of Kansas' MonarchWatch program.

http://www.monarchwatch.org/

Also - so you know- there are other butterfly groups on FB.

http://www.butterflyencounters.com

I have purchased seed here and Bobby is terrific to work with.

Also - I bought my first milkweed seeds from Onalee's Seeds. Onalee is a member of DG (I think) and offers some products here through the vendor area.

Don't forget there are many other plants you can install that are host plants for larvae for a number of species! Most common are dill, fennel, parsley, asters, passiflora, and on and on!

I have in my garden this year: Asclepias incarnata, A. curassavica, A. purpuraescens, A. exalta, A. physocarpus, A. tuberosa.

Let me know how it goes.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 1, 2011
6:09 PM

Post #8602659

Great. Thanks! I have out parsley, dill, fennel seed that hasn't sprouted yet. I'm not familiar with botanical names so am not sure what it is you have in your yard. lol

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8602893

Ooops!

Well Asclepias is the Milkweed family, period. So all those listed up there are just different kinds of milkweed. The more the merrier! I was happy to find some that prefer shade, so I can start filling up the shady part of the yard. :)

I have a couple of asters too that get chewed down to the ground every year! They barely bloom, poor things, but like I said - I garden for wildlife!

I have been watching the house finches eat my sedum "autumn joy" one bite at a time. Here we thought it was rabbits, but now I know the culprits.

Fun! I'm working for bumble bees this year, though.
Have I showed you this link?

http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG8484.html
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2011
12:05 PM

Post #8610777

Patti, I will have some in the mail for you tomorrow. :) Jennifer
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8610810

Thanks Jennifer!
Meredith79
Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8666192

I am added as a member!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 1, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8666299

Huzzah!!!
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2011
8:21 AM

Post #8671475

thanks everyone :)

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