I couldn’t stand it any longer. Although there is a chance of freezing weather this week, I just had to go buy some new plants. I’ve been tired of looking in the backyard and seeing nothing but brown.
I previously had about 10 milkweed plants (which have been in pots that I take indoors when it gets too cold), and bought 6 more. I also bought 2 new cigar plants (a favorite among Hummingbirds, Bees, and Butterflies), a new Blood Orange tree (gave my other small one to my neighbor), 1 Munsted Lavender, 1 French Lavender, 1 Godwin Creek Lavender, 4 Sweet Onions, 1 Cherry Tomato, 1 Dill, 1 Trailing 1 Purple Lantana, 1 Texas Lantana, 1 Giant Dutchman’s Pipevine, 2 Dutch Pipevine, 1 Russelia Desert Fire, 1 Fuchsia Gartenmeister, 2 Black Eyed Susan, and 1 Mexican Flame Vine.
Oh, and before I forget, I also bought 45 bags of hardwood mulch, 20 bags of potting soil, and 1 triple layer bird bath.
In case you’re wondering, my back, legs, and arm are killing me:-).
I’m including some pictures so y’all can see what my backyard looks like in the very beginning of the season as well as what some of these plants look like.
Below is a picture of my cigar plant as a result of the very cold winter. This is probably my favorite plant for Butterfly Gardening as Hummingbirds, Bees, and Butterflies all love this plant (at least when it doesn’t look like this).
Here is a picture of the new Cigar Plant I planted today.
Below is some of my Milkweed that was outdoors all Winter, and obviously freeze damaged.
Here’s a picture of my Milkweed that we would take indoors when it got below freezing.
And here’s some Milkweed I bought from Joshua’s Native Plants (some of the lushest Milkweed I’ve ever seen). I couldn’t fit all of the Milkweed into the Butterfly cage. I’m hopefully protecting these new plants from Aphids which are all over the Milkweed in the picture above.
Leecy planted a bunch of Herbs in our garden. Many of these Herbs also serve as host plants for Butterflies. In a few months you probably won’t even be able to see the pool in the background as many of these plants become quite large.
Here’s a picture of the Rose Garden, Bird Feeders, and my new triple layer Bird Bath. The birds seemed a little nervous about the new Bird Bath, but hopefully they’ll adjust. By the way, most of the Roses are antique Roses, and none of them had any damage this Winter.
I was going to post pictures of some of the individual plants, but instead will just post a picture of how the “nectar” section of the Butterfly Garden looks right now. I can list the individual plants in this section if folks are interested.