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Old 05-30-2011, 09:23 AM   #41
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I have had great luck planting penstemon digitalis and getting hummingbirds. They are in bloom now.


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You are a bit ahead of me in bloom time--I'm in PA. I'm looking forward to my Penstemon digitalis blooming. I saw one with tiny buds already. I've also planted their seed the past two years, so I'm hoping to create several colonies of them.


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Old 05-30-2011, 09:48 AM   #42
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...Any one know any natural way of keeping leaf rollers on my beautiful persimmons?
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I don't know anything about this subject...you may get a response here, but this thread is about hummingbirds, so you may want to post the question in one of these forums: Insects, Arachnids, & Gastropods - Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening or Woodies - Wildlife Gardeners - North American Wildlife Gardening

It took me a while to figure out this site, too...and where to post what--or HOW to create a new thread (there is a button near the top called "New Thread") I still am not familiar with all of the different forums offered at this site...but here is the list: http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...-gardeners.php

Hope this is helpful. The only comment I really have (considering I don't know anything about leaf rollers) is that, in a healthy environment where there is enough biodiversity, there should be something around to eat (and keep in check) the leaf rollers. Hopefully, someone will give you a more detailed answer.
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A white-flowered penstemon that I don't remember planting just opened in my wildflower garden; it's next to a clump of obedient plant. Could such a thing migrate in on its own in western West Virginia?
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:48 AM   #44
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Hi Kim,
You might get better and more knowledgeable responses on the 'Fruits and Nuts' or 'Woodies' forum.
However, if all your 'leaf rollers' contain spiders, you might want to leave them alone, since I suspect they are just going to use a few leaves for nesting and will predate on the leaf-roller caterpillars and other insects that would actually eat your plants/trees.
If it's any comfort I opened up a 'roll' on one of my Asclepias last week, thinking it was a caterpillar (and wanting to save my plants for a different kind of caterpillar) only to find I'd disturbed a mother spider with her egg case. The case seems fine, but now I'm kicking myself and hoping the spiderlings survive to hatch!

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Old 05-31-2011, 04:45 PM   #45
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A white-flowered penstemon that I don't remember planting just opened in my wildflower garden; it's next to a clump of obedient plant. Could such a thing migrate in on its own in western West Virginia?
I would think so. Penstemon digitalis is white-flowered. I would think its range extends south at least to WV. In the right conditions it should spread into a nice colony.

I'm waiting for many of my natives to start spreading on their own.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:04 AM   #46
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Adding these:
Firebush, Hamelia patens
A wild four o'clock, possibly Mirabilis multiflora
Anacacho Orchid Tree, Bauhinia luarioides
Cenizo, Leucophyllum frutescens
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I would think so. Penstemon digitalis is white-flowered. I would think its range extends south at least to WV. In the right conditions it should spread into a nice colony.

I'm waiting for many of my natives to start spreading on their own.
I suspect I should separate it from the physostegia, which in my experience really spreads on its own.
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Hi Kim.....
Myself, I'd just let them be.... I don't mind having a few spiders around.
They're not causing any real damage are they?
Spiders are one of the beneficial insects one usually wants to control the others that feast upon your plants!
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The Lonicera is my pride-and-joy, though. I stopped putting out hummingbird feeders once mine were well-established. I know when the hummingbirds will arrive since it seems to roughly coincide with when the honeysuckle begins blooming.

Here's a link to a thread where I posted a photograph last year:
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Didn't realize until I pulled this thread up how much she has grown since last spring!
Ooooo My apologies will-o-wisp
I hadn't realized you had already established a thread on the same topic.
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I caught a hummingbird tasting our Blue False Indigo plant, but it didn't hang out for long.
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