Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We had a visitor to the Wildlife & Rain Garden yesterday: A monarch butterfly! 

By the looks of her tattered wings and worn scales, she probably was an 
overwintering butterfly from one of the preserves down in Mexico. Meaning 
she has flown nearly 1,000 miles in her short 6 – 9 month lifespan. 

In the photo below (a bit blurry), you can see her depositing a single egg on the underside of the milkweed leaf. Milkweed, the Monarch’s host plant, is the only plant the adult will lay eggs on, and the only plant the caterpillar will eat. Different types of butterflies have different host plants, but the Monarch gets special attention because it is the species that migrates such great distances, and depends on healthy, native milkweed and nectar plants for survival. The more the landscape is changed for human needs, the fewer milkweed plants are available, threatening the migration. We believe this one made that long journey, bred in mexico, and found our milkweed to lay her eggs on! 

Can you spot the tiny egg? Look for a small cream-colored 
dot on the underside of the leaf (near center of photo)

Planting milkweed is crucial for the continuance of this great migration.

Some of the recommended milkweeds - you can see them at the Wildlife & Rain Garden!

 Aquatic Milkweed Asclepias perennis

 Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurascens

 Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata

Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata

Spring time is popular for planting, starting new gardens or reviving old. However you plant it, remember to think of the pollinators by buying pollinator-friendly plants. These are plants not treated or grown with chemicals or genetics that harm butterflies, bees, and the many other critters that pollinate our gardens and food crops. 

Important Note: Tropical or Mexican Milkweed, often sold at local 
nursery centers, should not be planted in Georgia. 

For more information on monarchs, pollinators, and how to create a habitat at home, visit 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In Bloom This Week

 River Birch
 Green and Gold
Wild Geranium

 Coral Honeysuckle

 American Holly

 Flowering Quince
 Carolina Jessamine

 American Wisteria

 Pitcher Plant

 Pussy Willow
 Maple sp
 Red-twigged Dogwood
 Chokeberry Aronia

 Bald Cypress
 Lauder Walking Stick

 Paw paw
 Piedmont Azalea


Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Bloom Today

 American Wisteria
 Day Lily
 Black Oil Sunflower (from birdseed)
 Common Milkweed

 Eastern Red Cedar
 Texas Sage
 Society Garlic
 African Basil
 'Hot Lips' Sage
 Purple Coneflower
 Coral Sage
Mohr's Barb's Buttons
 Pitcher Plant
 Common Ninebark
 False Indigo
 Japanese Beautyberry
 Rattlesnake Master
 Stone Mtn Daisy

 Chaste Tree
 White Coneflower

 White Bergamont
 Yellow Flower Honeysuckle
 Wild Geranium
 Butterfly Weed
 Passion Vine
 Asclepias sp.
 Oakleaf Hydrangea
 Purple Coneflower
 Hopley's Purple Oregano
Black and Blue Sage
 White Milkweed
Standing Cypress