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Old June 2, 2019   #361
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I actually don't have any milkweed, but my neighborhood is a web of milkweed growing, caterpillar feeding gardeners. And our little neighborhood park has a large stand of milkweed. The caterpillar experts here say not to buy milkweed from the big box stores because it is treated with insecticide. But there is a family-owned Nursery around here that sells milkweed which is safe.
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Old June 5, 2019   #362
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I have plenty of fresh Tropical milkweed and Balloon Plant milkweed if you ever need seeds. They germinate in less than a week if the seeds are fresh.
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Old June 5, 2019   #363
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That’s not your ballon milkweed Picture, right? I know the seeds I sent you didn’t have steroids in them.
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Old June 5, 2019   #364
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Google Balloon Milkweed and see what some of the other names for this plant are. Bishop's B@lls, for example.
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Old June 6, 2019   #365
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Yes, Roper, they are the seeds you sent me...really took off and grew very tall. We haven't had any rain in over a month but been watering all my plants via water hose which I hate. Prefer fresh rain water that I collect in buckets. The seeds only took 3 days to germinate. They germinate very well when u can get fresh seeds.

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Yes, Roper, they are the seeds you sent me...really took off and grew very tall. We haven't had any rain in over a month but been watering all my plants via water hose which I hate. Prefer fresh rain water that I collect in buckets. The seeds only took 3 days to germinate. They germinate very well when u can get fresh seeds.

Well, I’m impressed. Mine do not grow that fast. Hope you get rain soon. Nothing better than Mother Nature watering them.

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Old June 6, 2019   #367
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they are also called hairy balls
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Old June 6, 2019   #368
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Old June 8, 2019   #369
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Default Gulf Fritillary on gomphrena

I chased this one around and he finally was still for a while. The gomphrena takes heat, sun, and drought pretty well.
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Old June 8, 2019   #370
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I’ve seen only a few Gulf Fritillaries so far this year; last year we had tons.
No Zebra Longwings either yet.
Lots of Monarchs, and cats are devouring the milkweed. I’ll have to make sure they have enough.
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Old June 12, 2019   #371
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Today I jumped on the milkweed bandwagon and bought 10 small pots. Before I even got them into the ground a monarch showed up.
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Old June 12, 2019   #372
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I saw these where I bought my milkweed.

1. On zinnia
2. On periwinkle
3. On lantana
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Default Misc. critters at seen today at milkweed nursery

The purslane was a bee magnet, so I bought 2 hanging baskets of it. Butterflies were going mad for the coneflower.

1. bee on purslane
2. Sulphur on petunia
3. Gulf Frittilary on coneflower
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Lovely!
It’s incredible how butterflies can sniff out their hosts from many yards away.
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Old June 21, 2019   #375
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This was in the pollinator plant area. We have a tiny human-made pond so there are lots of these. Dragonflies are considered to be pollinators (everybody probably already knew that).
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