Six on Saturday - June 19, 2021

"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday

and

 Six on Saturday

 Six things in my garden, half of them pink!

 1 - Western Tiger Swallowtail

 on Knautia Macedonica Red Knight.

I'll leave it to someone else to joke that it looks like someone "swallowed half its tail."  This type of swallowtail lays its eggs in trees, the larvae eating the leaves of cottonwood, birch, ash, alder, aspen, willow, cherry family, and others.  So, don't be planting fennel for the Western Tiger!  And you need to let them eat the leaves of your trees!  (By the way, before they molt into green caterpillars with eye spots, they look like bird droppings!  Good camouflage!)

2 - Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower

Looking at online photos of this one it's hard to see much different from the common purple coneflower.  But, I have both, and boy, is there a difference!  The first photo is Pow Wow Wild Berry, the one under it purple coneflower.  I grew both kind from seed.  They bloom their second year. 


3 - American Revolution Daylily

One from when I divided my daylilies in the front yard.  Daylilies need division every few years.  Yeah, it's a pain, but plants that need dividing (iris does too) benefit greatly.

4 - Draper Blueberries

Just picked this morning!  Draper is my favorite, the sweetest, the biggest, and the first to ripen.

5 - May May Daylily

One of the six kinds (two of each in a collection) I bought last year from Smokey's Gardens

6 - Clearwing Hummingbird Moth 

Hummingbird moths, active in daylight, are sometimes mistaken for hummingbirds. I thought this one was an odd type of bee until I enlarged the photo.  I've only spotted one before. You can't see its tail here, but its flared, some people say it looks like a lobster tail. This moth is on a Chinese forget-me-not.


Those were my Six this Saturday.  Now to prepare for the hot weekend.

Comments

  1. How wonderful to have such a beautiful butterfly in your garden Lisa...

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    1. It was exciting! There were two a few days ago, flitting about.

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  2. Very pretty butterfly on the knautia .... I have the same flower but I don't have the same butterflies!…😂 The echinacaea are very nicely colored

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    1. The thing with me and growing coneflower from seed, is I can't do it when I try! A box of mixed seeds scattered grew the purple, and the Pow Wow Wild Berry was leftover seed I just threw down, disgusted at being unable to grow them!

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  3. Great capture of the butterfly and of course your flowers are always so beautiful! Enjoy the weekend. :)

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  4. Great selection of Daylilies. Yours are flowering earlier than over here, although I expect you have much warmer weather.

    I love the Hummingbird moth - great photo too!

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    1. I'm in growing zone 8b, and it's warm. This weekend is forecast to be 100 F. I have a lot of others with buds.

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  5. Awesome garden. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  6. A lovely selection for SOS and your pollinators are beautiful.
    Echinacea Pow Wow Wild Berry really glows!

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    1. It really does! I thought it might be too similar to regular ones, but it sure isn't!

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  7. Coneflowers bloom in their second year? Are they slow to get started? I'm not sure whether my transplants are even alive.

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    1. Yes, they're one of those perennials that grow from seed the first year, and start blooming the second. Yes, they are slow to get started! In fact, I had given up on seeds several times, then noticed mystery plants where I scattered a box of pollinator seeds so left them hoping they were coneflowers. I will still try again with seeds, since seeds are cheap. But really, for $7.50 my nursery has them in gallon sized pots. If you are in the Northern hemisphere, transplants should be up by now. I'd dig down and peek to see if there is any growth. I had some I divided off last fall, and they were fine in pots, but never came back after I planted them out.

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  8. I always learn something here! I thought the swallowtails liked parsley and fennel! I hope they choose the mulberry I stupidly planted and not the cherry tree. I've seen quite a few of them which is great. No hummingbird moths. I used to see them all the time in the hills, but not down here.

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    1. I did too! A few years ago I wondered why the swallowtails just flew right past the fennel. I even saw eggs and thought they were butterfly's, but turned out they were ladybug, which is good too. It's the black ones that lay their eggs on fennel and parsley and such. If these are getting rare I'd guess people see caterpillars in their trees and spray. My brother had a mulberry. Messy. In CA we had a fruitless mulberry. Messy. Still had those hanging catkin things. Every single house in the neighborhood and one in their backyards, and they grew much too big for the small yards.

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    2. I'm supposed to be able to keep this mulberry at 10 feet. Uh huh.

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    3. Well, my brother's wasn't tall, maybe it was a special kind. It's branches draped to the ground, like a weeping willow, and the fruit was all over. My next door neighbor had a fruitless one until a couple of years ago. They get so wide! I am not sure I'd have cut it down in their yard though, it was their one and only tree! Now, the sun hits their house all day. Not like I have a large amount of trees, but the cedars are tall and shade a lot.

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  9. Lovely photos especially the butterfly and the moth. The blueberries look delicious.

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    1. Oh, they were! That harvest was too many to eat in the garden, but I did finish them. Later one I should have enough to freeze a few.

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  10. The critter in the first photo is huge.

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    1. As butterflies go, I guess swallowtails are on the larger size!

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