Pentas are among butterfly staples blooming now.
Ruby Pentas. The shadow on the leaf confirms the common
name, Star Flower.
Pentas are one of the best butterfly plants,
Pipevine Swallowtail here.
Colors range from white to pink to rose to red, even a
lavendar. These pale pinks are blooming with Persian Shield,
Mexican Hats, and Graptopetalum not seen in pic.
Representative of daylilies now in re-bloom.
These are today's blossoms; not every daylily blooms every day.
True lilies are almost all done. Orania still has a few blooms.
All these are at the end of their best bloom period:
I am experimenting with taking blooms, snipping off the calyx
and putting them in a mixture of cornstarch and talcum powder
until they fade, to make a homemade dusting powder with
that incredible fragrance. I'll let you know if it works.
Purple coneflowers are starting to
fade. Cutting them back will
bring more blooms but they've
passed that glorious time when
butterflies swarm them.
Hydrangeas are in the fade stage.
So, if many are fading fast, what will bloom through the summer?
Daturas and Brugmansias. The purple datura pic was
not of good quality; brugs are between blooms.
This white Datura smells very sweet after dark.
Tithonia is just now opening. The Duranta behind it is slow to
put on blue blossoms, but they're coming. Mexican hats are
showy, but they attract no butterflies as does Tithonia.
Ratibida will soon need a haircut to make room.
Porterweed, Stacytarpheta is a popular butterfly
garden plant also just now starting good bloom. Those little
purple flowers will bloom all the way up the spike.
I stuck rooted cuttings in several beds for butterflies
to nectar, and tucked in Parsley plants as hosts for
Alpinia gingers behind do not bloom here but add color.
Pride of Barbados, only the second bloom, and Tecoma stans.
I started more plants of both from seed this spring,
planting out as they reach good size.
Eleven is my target number for showing bloom day pics. Roses are still blooming, crape myrtles are in full bloom except for the white and lilicina which are later than watermelon red and early pink.
I'm trying not to have plants in the greenhouse when the temperature reaches triple digits. So far we're managing but for every pot I plant out, I start seeds or cuttings to replace in spite of myself. Gerbera daisy seeds that I planted last week are sprouting, 3 so far. Baptisia seedlings need bumping up to a pot from the tray where they finally sprouted.
Are you compelled to grow more and more, or can you follow a plan?
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