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Re: beautiful site...

Tell me about it. A hundred and (bleeping) nine here today - broke a
record and will likely break my budget w/ the water bill. Wilted plants
everywhere today. Been watering since 4 and will be until dark - again.
And that stinking rabbit ate my perennial geranium I grew from seed and
was just getting big enough to bloom! Monster. Got most of my colchiums
planted (thank you Kitty) got 5 left to plant tomorrow. Murder out there
digging today. Ugh. Fran - the swallowtail caterpillars will find your
fennel. Grew parsley 2 years before they found it and now they come back
every year. Get some parsley plants and stick them in pots. Combo is
irresistable to them!!

keep me posted!


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "fm4re" <fm4re@swbell.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 6 Aug 2003 18:20:48 -0500

>Well I spoke too soon about not getting a response about my question!!  Mea
>Yeap, it smells like it so I guess that it will work to attract the
>butterflies.  I had 2 of the regular fennel and somehow one of them
>disappeared!  Not sure if on of the cockers got it or the aliens who are
>responsible for unanswered questions of any sort!  So all I could find at
>the nursery were the bronze ones.
>The bronze fennel - sure are pretty and I wondered about planting them near
>my roses but . . . you know how they can be finicky - but I have "old" roses
>with the exception of my Lace Cascade.  The nursery now has 50% off the
>herbs and I'm scouting around the yard to see where I need to put something
>else (oh yeah, like I need more to water!)
>Later, Fran, OKC
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 10:12 PM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] beautiful site...
>Don't know why not - they're attracted by scent, not by color. Does the
>bronze smell like licorce too Fran? You can smell mine 5' away.
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: "fm4re" <fm4re@swbell.net>
>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Date:  Sun, 3 Aug 2003 14:34:52 -0500
>>Does anyone know if they will come to the bronze fennel too?  Thanks, Fran
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Pamela J. Evans" <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 10:40 AM
>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] beautiful site...
>>Bonnie - those are the black swallowtails I adore so much and since you
>>fennel - they will come.
>>That's why I planted the fennel and lots of parsley - it's the host food
>>plant for both kinds of swallowtails - my favorites! I have both kinds
>>also and just love 'em. The adults are all over my caryopteris shrubs.
>>Don't know if they're hardy there, but if they are - worth the
>>investment. The hummers like them too.
>>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>>From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
>>Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>Date:  Sun, 3 Aug 2003 06:38:27 -0400
>>>I have to share some of the sights in my garden the last two days with
>>>who can understand why it tickles me so much.  Friday evening (between
>>>storms) I took Izzie, the bulldog, out for her constitutional and Bill
>>>called my attention to a monarch collecting nectar from various plants in
>>>the bed to the right of our driveway near the street.  It kept flirting
>>>my milkweed (swamp milkweed, asclepiad-sp?) so I'm hopeful it might lay
>>>upon the milkweed so I may enjoy more monarchs.  Monarchs have been very
>>>rare in my area for some time, so it really was a joy to see it.
>>>Speaking of swamp milkweed, I knew I had a pod split and spread it's seed
>>>last fall, but I hadn't seen any more pop up in the bed, but I just found
>>>about 3 plants had wedged themselves at the edge of a "wild" forested area
>>>near the property line in back!  Maybe it'll bring even more monarchs?  I
>>>sure hope so.  Since I don't use bug killer products in my planting beds
>>>the yard itself, I know the yard is caterpillar friendly.
>>>Then today, I took the phone out to Bill to talk with someone who had
>>>as he was cutting grass.  I turned back toward the house and spied two
>>>swallowtail butterflies in the "butterfly garden."  One of them was a
>>>swallowtail with the normal black and yellow pattern, but the other was a
>>>black except for the bottom section of wing on both sides.  That area was
>>>iridescent blue.  Both of them flittered together, landing side by side on
>>>server coneflowers growing there, not quite long enough for me to get my
>>>camera (of course!) but they flew off to another yard together as well.
>>>it possible that the black butterfly was the male counterpart to a female
>>>yellow tiger swallowtail?  Any ideas?
>>>Oh, and I think I have a datura blooming!  The scent really is
>>>How wonderful!  It isn't as tall as I thought it would be at about 18",
>>>the beauty of that white trumpet flower clothed in that magnificent
>>>is a little heaven on earth.
>>>It doesn't take much to make me happy:  decent soil, some plants to tend
>>>weed, some mulch and compost and for the good Lord to bless me with
>>>flowers" is a bonus!
>>>To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the
>>Pam Evans
>>Kemp TX/zone 8A
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>Pam Evans
>Kemp TX/zone 8A
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