EmerandLuke

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  • in reply to: WHAT WILL IT BE? CONTEST #57814

    EmerandLuke
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    As a relief teacher at several ECE centres where we have established swan plant/wild flower gardens for our monarchs and bumble and honey bees, I would add it to my personal relievers kite of resources that I share with Children teachers and parents. I had a swanplant grove outside our bay window and from a very early age, my son was captivated by the life-cycle of the monarch and I can still remember the first time we spent whole days watching through the window at the different stages of the egg laying, egg hatching, the caterpillar turning into the crysallis, checking the changing colour regularly and then the incredible miracle of the gradual emergence of the monarch and the beauty of it gradually unfolding and drying its wings in the sun. We also had a lot of paper wasps in the area and Luke would hunt out the nests as a 3yr old and had his own fly swat by the front door to go out and kill them when trying to attack the caterpillars. He knew the difference between the bees and wasps and learnt that wasps were not native to NZ and indeed a pest just like the possum and I still wish that wasps were offically declared a pest. In the ECE centres I choose to work at, the teachers are like-minded and there is a new wave of eco warriors coming through those centres with a sincere philosophy of sustainability.

    in reply to: SPRING IS SPRUNG CONTEST #57782

    EmerandLuke
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    I had marjoram planted near my swanplants and butterflies loved the flowers so I’ve let it grow and spread to fill the whole bed. I love seeing the bumble bees and monarchs sharing them so harmoniously. This year have also planted a bed of lavendar which I always had for my monarchs in my previous home.


    EmerandLuke
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    Have just read through these and thank you. I too bought 2 varieties of seeds plus wildflower seeds and was gutted to have no swanplants but do have the “swanplant grove” with 0 swanplants and lovely wild flowers everywhere. have just bought 9 young plants for $36 and hope to nurture them through the season.
    had given up on idea of trying seeds again, but on reading all this helpful advice, will give buying the varieties of seeds another chance using suggested hints. I did enquire about planting the seeds in Taupo but maybe some of the seeding hints listed above could be included when buying pcts of the milkweed seeds etc
    thank you
    emer

    in reply to: Best seeds to use in Taupo #32492

    EmerandLuke
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    thank you for that Jacqui.  I have just purchased the incarnata seeds from you.  I see it says to plant them while warm and are frost hardy – does that mean ok to plant now for next year ? or should I wait and plant them Sept /Oct ?  When you say swan plant as well, do you mean the giant one that you are also selling ?  thanks

     

    in reply to: Excess swanplants in Taupo ? #32491

    EmerandLuke
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    Thank you for your responses – had checked local kindergartens but due to unexplained small numbers of paper wasps this year –  caterpillars seem to be thriving and swans plants being gorged – BUT – did find grove in local new entrants playground and brought a container of caterpillars there this morning before school much to delight of the children and have a couple of self- appointed guardians who promise to protect them from some of the sometimes over enthusiastic butterfly lovers !

     

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