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  • in reply to: Christchurch 2014 #40299

    emily2265
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    Today, on this lovely sunny christchurch day, I have had a monarch laying on my swan plants! Very excited to have one laying so early in the sesson!

    in reply to: Have you bought sprayed swan plants? #37770

    emily2265
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    I had heaps of caterpillars die after eating plants I bought off trademe from became on queens park drive in parklands. I complained to him but he insisted they hadn’t been sprayed. I bought some more from a garden centre on ferry road, they had also been sprayed.

    in reply to: What's happening in your neighbourhood? #36202

    emily2265
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    I have recently had my first two butterflies of the season hatch here in Christchurch

    in reply to: Christchurch #35486

    emily2265
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    Does anyone know anywhere in chch that I can purchase some swan plants from.i know it is super early in the season but I’m in need of some more already! Have tried a few of the local garden centres but they don’t seem to be getting them in until Labour weekend!

    in reply to: Christchurch #35362

    emily2265
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    Yesterday I had a monarch lay at least 15 eggs on my swan plants! Laying in Chch in August!!!!

    in reply to: Overwintering Monarchs, Somerfield, Christchurch #34597

    emily2265
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    There is lots of monarchs overwintering in the large trees in the milnebank st reserve in riccarton chch. I have never seen so many monarchs in my life!

    in reply to: Christchurch #33498

    emily2265
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    For those running low on food supplies,there is a big swan plant growing amongst a hedge on Hinau St. It hasn’t been touched by a single pillar all summer. It’s outside number 77 on Hinau st in front of a creamy coloured tall plaster fence, right next to the footpath. Could be a good spot to stop the pillars from starving!

    in reply to: Christchurch #33318

    emily2265
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    I read this letter to the editor in the Press newspaper today and thought it was appropriate to this topic and a beautiful piece of writing.

    “I write in response to Brian Patrick’s concern that the reduced number of monarch butterflies this year is partially because of the displacement of people and the abandonment of gardens in Christchurch following the earthquakes (March 9).

    I have a unique perspective. One of the loneliest walks in Christchurch today has to be as a census collector in the red zones. Precious few people still live there. I’ve walked whole streets of Avonside in what, as once a local, we’d have called blissful silence. That happy community cacophony of children playing, lawn mowers, washing flapping, radios blaring, cars going by, people at gates chatting….all gone.

    The only people i regularly meet are the house demolition crews and the sewage removal contractor with a decreasing round.Nature has taken over and, by most reports, not in a good way. Thigh high weeds are being whacked back.But there are still plenty of them and, in profusion, swan plants.       So, to my delight, I’m regularly accompanied by Monarch butterflies-and big ones. Nature has taken over all right and in a good way because not only are there monarchs, but the birds have reclaimed the neighbourhood and become tamer. I’ve had chatty little finches less than a metre from me, fantails even closer. As what used to be home by home is now house by house demolition ploughing through Avonside, they are leaving the trees, home for the birds and the fruit trees they feed off. Former residents will at least by consoled by that.” -Islay McLeod- Linwood

    in reply to: Christchurch #30823

    emily2265
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    Yvonne- I am in Ilam, Chirstchurch and I have had lots and lots of eggs laid on my swan plants already! The monarchs are around on sunny days! I hope they find your plants soon too!

    in reply to: Christchurch #30781

    emily2265
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    I have only been to Abberley park once but when I did in about July there was 20 ish monarchs feed ing in the sun!

    in reply to: Christchurch #30753

    emily2265
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    in reply to: Christchurch #30752

    emily2265
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    There always seems to be alot of monarchs Overwintering in Abberley park in St Albans. Seems to be heaps flying round on a sunny winters day!

    in reply to: Nectar plants for newly hatched butterflies #29693

    emily2265
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    Thanks jacqui.will be in to the flower show on Friday

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