Michelle

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  • in reply to: Monarchs in the home garden update #47457

    Michelle
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    Hi Jackie

    Just been doing some googling and i was incorrect about the townsonii hebe being the one in my garden. It looks like hebe stricta. But i do have a hebe stricta i purchased which has finished flowering while the hebe i mentioned above is still flowing and is currently just over two metres high by two metres wide. And I call it the native one because I got a few of these plants as seedlings from our farm which has a lot of native bush on it. If you go driving around the country side in sunny areas of bush down this way you will see it growing on the roadside banks. It does really well in sunny positions. I will post a photo of the admiral on it under photos.
    And if you think it is worth it I am more than happy to supply you with young plants of this hebe from our property. Basically I have an unlimited supply 🙂

    in reply to: Lantana plant wanted #45076

    Michelle
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    thanks Kay2.
    I have a feeling I may have this plant. I purchased something like this last year not taking any notice of the name before I was really into setting up my garden as a butterfly retreat. I like white in the garden and thought this might look good as a ground cover under a bench seat that I made. At the moment it is looking quite straggly with not many leaves on it almost as if it is semi deciduous. But it is also planted in a semi shaded area of the garden but possibly it would do better in a sunny position, will see how it performs soon with the garden plants starting to wake up a bit now spring is in the air 🙂

    in reply to: winter nectar flowering plants wanted #45040

    Michelle
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    Thanks for the cuttings Jackie they are all planted and hopefully most of them will strike.

    in reply to: Midwinter nectar #44797

    Michelle
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    Hi Jackie
    Im interested in what you may still have flowering in your garden at the moment for butterfly nectar. Are the plants you listed at the end of May still flowering or do you have different ones flowering now. Im planning my winter nectar garden.

    I understand that the painted lady butterfly needs sweet pea as a host/nectar plant. Would you happen to no whether it can be any sort of sweet pea or is there only a specific type of sweet pea it requires?

    On another topic I came across a really interesting website based in America I think, some time ago and thought I would share it with you (you may have come across it ).
    What intrigued me was the variety of milkweed(25) they are lucky enough to have for sale. Some of them looked very attractive. They have the seed available for purchase but unfortunately I guess we wont be able to purchase them due to import restrictions 🙁 .
    The link is http:/monarchbutterflygarden.net/milkweed-plant-seed-resources/.

    This website also seems to have a wealth of other helpful information.

    Michelle

    in reply to: Create Butterfly Habitat Course – May 2015 #44649

    Michelle
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    Hi Dane

    I like the idea of having a wildflower patch for the butterflies also. I have a very large type of pine tree (not the radiata one as mine has grown like an umbrella shape with the needles yellowing at the ends) growing on the south side of my property and I am developing an orchard to the north/west of it. Its pine needles act as a great ground cover/mulch so I don’t have to mow a large area around it and it keeps the weeds at bay a bit. I would love to sprinkle some wildflowers under and around this large pine (which has had its lower brunches removed up to about 3-4metres to let the sun get in and make it look a nicer specimen).
    But im a bit worried about how much work there would be keeping the weeds out while getting the flowers established.
    I get that the golf course looks great a bit rugged with the flowers and long grass growing together but im not sure I could tolerate that look in a prime spot in my garden. I may have to try and find a rough area around the section somewhere else only problem is probably not enough sunlight.
    How do you get on mixing your flowers with lawn and other weeds and how much weeding is involved?
    Regards
    Michelle

    in reply to: Habitat course #44648

    Michelle
    Participant

    Thanks Jackie

    Found some discussion’s by typing in habitat 🙂

    in reply to: over wintering monarch sighting #44528

    Michelle
    Participant

    Hi Jackie

    I am still having problems with reporting overwintering monarchs. It is not putting in the latitude even if I try and add the latitude from google maps in manually nothing happens. Is there a contact I rig to forward info thanks

    in reply to: over wintering monarch sighting #44517

    Michelle
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    Thanks heaps Jackie will get onto it 🙂

    in reply to: over wintering monarch sighting #44509

    Michelle
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    Hi Jackie

    I went and saw the overwintering monarchs at King Edward Park in Hawera and took some photos although they weren’t as good as the photos that appeared in our local paper due to being a dull day (and less Monarchs).
    I am having trouble reporting it. I tried to get a street number for the park from google earth to no avail and when I try to use http://www.getaddress the page wont download.
    Do you have any other options I can try.
    regards
    Michelle

    in reply to: Dead and dying caterpillars #42032

    Michelle
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    Hi all

    I have come to the conclusion that my swan plants I brought have definitely been contaminated or the brought plants were of a higher toxity. Of the three caterpillars that reappeared on them, two I removed as they did not look right and one was dead at the base of the plant.
    Im still plugging away at rearing about 30 on pumpkin. Some have turned into chrysalis although some are small. But I have just read the tip about making a mixture of swan plant leaves and water and painting onto the pumpkin so the caterpillars get the toxins they need to transform properly. So I will be giving this a go tomorrow.

    Michelle

    in reply to: Dead and dying caterpillars #41954

    Michelle
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    Hi Mathewsmob

    I did investigate the ants as we do have them and not so long ago when my large swan plant was loaded with fat juicy caterpillars it was also crawling with hords of ants. I watched the ants which were eventually going onto my house and up under a window sill, which I did not want so I tied the branches of my swan plant back off the house.
    The ants did not seem to be interested at all in the caterpillars I think they must have been after the nectar of the flowers.

    I have only noticed ants feeding on one dead caterpillar on the ground.

    Michelle

    in reply to: Dead and dying caterpillars #41943

    Michelle
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    To Jackie and Sandra

    Thanks for your feedback. Sorry I haven’t replied sooner but I have been trying to sort my issues out. I went back to the garden centre and was told they hadn’t sprayed and had actually pulled half a dozen small caterpillars off the plants. They also contacted the supplier who said they do not spray the plants. Im a bit miffed as when I transferred the caterpillars the first couple of days they were not happy at all dying and dropping off the plant.The strange thing is the last couple of days 3 medium sized caterpillars have turned up on a couple of the so called sprayed plants and seem to be doing ok (I will be keeping a keen eye on them to see how they progress). They have travelled from other plants for more food as I am completely out of food now.
    I took 15 caterpillars to my mums and the remaining 25 or so I am trying to raise on pumpkin. Talk about time consuming (and rather messy). The larger caterpillars are doing ok although I did have two go into chrysalises but they are only half the size of a normal chrysalis. It will be interesting to see if these chrysalises go the distance and produce dwarf monarch butterflies 🙂
    So im still not sure what caused the caterpillars demise. Could it be the type of swan plant I changed them to? As my seedlings were the tropical coloured swan plants and the store brought were the swan plants that grow to 2 metres? Or possibly it was my handling of them as I did just plop them all into my hand and then put them onto the plants (a no no ).
    Anyway i hope to be more prepared next year by growing my own plants.

    Michelle

    in reply to: Dead and dying caterpillars #41822

    Michelle
    Participant

    Hi doodlebug

    Thanks for your reply. Yes its not a good feeling that I unintentionally contributed to the demise of the caterpillars (more dead this morning). And now I am out of caterpillar food as my seedlings are to small or have been eaten (and now are poisonous).
    I hope to get to the garden centre today or tomorrow with my receipt and inform them of what has happened. And will be growing as many seedlings as I can for next year.

    Cheers
    Michelle

    in reply to: dwarf buddleia availability #40575

    Michelle
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    Hi Anna

    Would you have any of the smaller varieties available for sale as I have so far been unable to source any besides the yellow globosa which I have propagated myself by cuttings of a stand alone shrub on our farm. I can get some of the mauve davidii which is classed as invasive hence do not want this one.

    Michelle

    in reply to: dwarf buddleia availability #40229

    Michelle
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    Taranaki

    I have been told that the dwarf white buddleia is not nectar producing hence does not attract the butterflies is this correct thanks

    in reply to: dwarf buddleia availability #40178

    Michelle
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    Thanks Heather
    Will keep an eye out for future sales. I have taken some cuttings of the yellow ball one. I found a single plant on our dry stock property. It looks like it is going to grow. I no this is not dwarf but I am hoping it will take up a corner in my garden that is exposed to the westerly’s. We moved houses 5 months ago and it looks like I may have inherited a dwarf buddleia of some kind that is growing in the garden. It is just forming bud so I will see what colour it is and then try and hunt others down. Watch this space for those of you that have dwarf buddleia plants that you may want to sell to me.

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