This morning I went out to see what were the favorites for nectar.
This morning's favorites are Porterweed in two colors. The tiny clusters of blooms will fade by this afternoon, replaced next morning by a new cluster until they reach the top. That spike will then have seeds and new spikes follow elsewhere on the stem. There is a native Stachytarpeta and one from the tropics. Butterflies seem not to care which one grows in the garden.
If Porterweed gets crowded, there's always a nearby daylily to dive into.
Another favorite is Pentas. Pentas come in all heights, this big rose color one is a hardy choice.
I have cuttings of white and pink Pentas that are still waiting transplanting.
Rabbit Tobacco (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium) is a host for ladies: American lady (
I was on the way to see if I could find larvae on Pipevines in a kind of out-of-the-way spot when I noticed peaches behind the greenhouse.
As I circled around, I noticed that a volunteer Red Cedar had dead spots, so it may die before It is finally taken down.
Suddenly, as I'm talking to myself about the tree, something sprang from bushes where Pipevine grows into an oak. At first I thought it was the red-eared rabbit that hangs around the upper garden. As it ran, I realized it was a fawn with bright white spots, heading for the cornfield.
After it disappeared while I stood there looking, I realized I had a camera in my hand, turned on and ready. It was too late.