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Green Man 06-14-2009 10:08 PM

Butterfly Garden
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Well, Things have been moving slowly on the butterfly garden. Seems that with the economy I am spending 27 hours a day chasing work. It's paying off so hopefully I can have some time to relax and take a diversion from work.

I have gotten as far as picking a spot. Its where I cut down an old tree that died. Full sun lots of weeds :eek::eek:

Cut the weeds and a dump truck load of top soil and I'm on my way!!!

No promises on a schedule but it's a start.


Equilibrium 06-14-2009 10:24 PM

What an absolutely beautiful wildflower garden. Why ever would you want to change it... chuckle... snicker... cackle.... I wouldn't let any of those beautiful wildflowers go to seed.

TheLorax 06-15-2009 11:14 AM

Pizzo is in your area-
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd. – Restoring, creating and enhancing prairies, wetlands, woodlands and savannas.

They have a new native plant nursery.

Their suggestions for a native plant butterfly garden-
Butterfly Garden

Contains host plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for adults. Herbivory on host plants is normal. These species perform best in a sunny area with normal (dry-mesic to mesic) soil conditions.

This mix is designed for 100 square feet, planting 2-3 plugs per square foot.
Botanical Name Common Name Qty Color Bloom Time Height

Andropogon scoparius
Little Bluestem 19 Aug-Sept 2-3'

Sporobolus heterolepis
Prairie Dropseed 19 Aug-Sept 1-2.5'

Allium cernuum
Nodding Wild Onion 19 pink June-Oct 1-2'

Amorpha canescens
Lead Plant 9 purple June-Aug 1-3'

Antennaria neglecta
Pussytoes 19 white Apr-June 2-6"

Asclepias tuberosa
Butterflyweed 10 orange June-Sept 1-2'

Aster azureus
Sky Blue Aster 10 light blue July-Nov 1-3'

Baptisia leucantha
White Wild Indigo 9 white June-Aug 3-4'

Blephilia ciliata
Hairy Wood Mint 9 lavender May-July 1-2'

Coreopsis palmata
Prairie Coreopsis 9 yellow June-Aug 1-2'

Echinacea pallida
Pale Purple Coneflower 10 lavender May-Aug 2-4'

Eryngium yuccifolium
Rattlesnake Master 9 white July-Sept 2-4'

Liatris pycnostachya
Prairie Blazing Star 10 violet July-Sept 1-2'

Liatris scariosa nieuwlandii
Savanna Blazing Star 10 violet Aug-Oct 1-3'

Monarda fistulosa
Wild Bergamot 10 lavender July-Aug 2-3'

Pycnanthemum virginianum
Common Mountain Mint 9 white June-Oct 1-3'

Rudbeckia speciosa sullivantii
Showy Black-Eyed Susan 10 yellow Aug-Sept 1-3'

Solidago graminifolia
Grass-leaved Goldenrod 10 yellow July-Sept 1-4'

Verbena hastata
Blue Vervain 9 blue June-Sept 2-5'

Veronicastrum virginicum
Culver's Root 9 white June-Aug 2-5'

Fearless Weeder 06-17-2009 09:39 AM

Ran into this site while looking for plant info for Pleasant Prairie.

Home Page

The location is south of the cheddar curtain not Wisconsin. The list of plants used might help you.

Me, My Yard, and Wildlife

TheLorax 06-18-2009 07:15 PM

Knock knock. Are you out there Green Man?

Did you cut down those wildflowers yet?

Green Man 06-19-2009 07:58 AM

No I have been in deep thought now about the differences between butterflies and moths.

Also I need to get a truck of soil but it has been so wet (had another couple inches of rain last night) that I cant get good soil and cant get the truck to the garden!!!!

It has rained a lot this year which has done wonders for the plants but made certain other things difficult.


Equilibrium 06-19-2009 10:32 PM

The entire midwest is getting hammered... day in... and day out. You aren\'t alone. I have a very basic book on butterflies and moths by Golden Guide. It\'s small and easy to use. It outlines the differences and helps you identify common butterflies and moths.

TheLorax 06-22-2009 04:22 PM

It would be nice if the rain let up. It\'s getting awfully mushy.

Hedgerowe 06-22-2009 04:26 PM

Mushy is right. We just had another inch in the last hour.

Green Man 06-23-2009 07:53 AM

The trees sure look nice. My large trees look great. The rain has sure helped them. The only one that doesn\'t look so good is my beautiful Maple tree.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm :mad:

Wonder what happend :(

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