Chris G

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  • in reply to: WHAT WILL IT BE? CONTEST #57803

    Chris G
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    I would share this book with families who come to our B&B and enjoy observing the wonder of the Monarch life-cycle in the safety of a mosquito net, in our garden. I would also take it to our monthly Cambridge Trash & treasure market, where I sell many many plants, including nectar & swan plants for butterflies (at very reasonable prices!) In the season, i always take a large Swan plant with various stages of the life-cycle on it, (eggs, small, medium & large caterpillars & cacoons) for people to observe. This beautiful book would be a perfect addition to help people understand the lifecycle!

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57730

    Chris G
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    My tagged butterflies were reported sightings twice last year, both times on blue salvia! In my garden in the spring, besides the swan plants, the perennial wallflowers and scabiosa have been popular nectar feeding sources. Also Lavatera now that it too is in flower. Lavender Grosso attracts butterflies and bees throughout the summer and late summer into autumn, beautiful golden yellow Helianthus are a magnet for the butterflies as are the Mexican Marigold too of course, grown from cuttings from Monarch Butterfly Trust!! For the winter I have invested in a bush “Edgeworthia papyrifera (syn: chrysantha)which has beautiful yellow, daphne like flowers to feed the butterflies when they emerge on sunny winter days. A friend who is also a butterfly lover told me Cleome are very good too . . . must try them!

    in reply to: Tithonia cuttings #57319

    Chris G
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    Thank you so much, I was so looking forward to seeing it grow last year. So disappointed to realise I’d lost it. . 🙂

    in reply to: Tagging in Cambridge #56297

    Chris G
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    Just wanted to add too how awesome to hear that you are nurturing & tagging the butterflies at Cambridge High School!!
    Chris

    in reply to: Tagging in Cambridge #56295

    Chris G
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    Hello Kangaiwi03!! I am also in Leamington, Cambridge & have just ordered my tags, also for the first time. I am at Muffin’s B&B, I also sell plants (including swan plants) at the monthly market. I’m outside Patterson Burn optometrists. Maybe I’ll see you there!
    Regards Chris

    in reply to: winter emergees #53514

    Chris G
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    Oh darn! My one lingering pupa has bitten the dust!

    in reply to: winter emergees #53492

    Chris G
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    This winter, I have got a whole lot of swan plants still in pots, which I have got covered with frost cloth, (Or old sheet!) They still seem to be looking good at this stage. We are in Waikato, have had some good frosts already. My caterpillar was still just a pupa today, 2nd or even 3rd day, it’s in the unheated greenhouse. Hoping for a healthy winged butterfly to emerge, to carry on the cycle in spring!!!!! I think I’d tend to try & at least move eggs & caterpillars out of the frosts. . . to a more sheltered spot, but not indoors.

    in reply to: winter emergees #53482

    Chris G
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    Hello there! (This is my first post) I am enjoying my learning journey as I work through the online Course on How to create a Garden Habitat. I have grown swan plants for sale at our local Trash & Treasure Market (Cambridge) for many years now & I so enjoy meeting other people who are passionate about providing food for the Monarchs. In season I always take a plant that has a variety of stages of the life cycle on it – creates a lot of interest!
    Currently I have a single caterpillar hanging like a J , it is taking it’s own sweet time & seems in no hurry to turn into a chrysalis! I have placed it in my (unheated ) greenhouse – out of the wind & frosts. I’ll release it out of there, once it emerges – on a fine day. Guess I’ll need to ensure nectar of some kind available if that fine day is slow in coming. . . .

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