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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Green Sweat Bee on Spiderwort in my native garden.
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    the honey bees love my Spiderwort, mine are more purple than yours. b6.JPG
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Seeing a lot of color in my native garden now, and any day now, it'll be a sea of yellow Black-eyed Susans.
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I haven't seen a Monarch in over a month, but to my surprise, I found my first Monarch caterpillar of the year on my Swamp Milkweed!
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    Penstemon is just about done for the year, while Black-eyed Susans continue to bloom in the background.
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    Bah Humbug (for lack of a place to pull off),

    The bigleaf lupine is in bloom all along the ditches by the sides of the roads around Fort Klamath. Some areas have groups that stretch for 10 x 100 feet, absolutely spectacular. But... the road has virtually no shoulder and 2-6 foot deep ditches on both sides. There are a very few driveways and occasional narrow roads into fields, but, of course, none are close to the patches of flowers. The best would require a mile walk along the highway around the north end of Agency lake or along the highway to Crater Lake, and it's really busy, with the holiday weekend. The flowers are at their peak right now.

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    I drove around for 45 minutes to find a spot where the flowers were reasonably close to a spot I could park. The flower stalks (racemes) are about 12-18" tall, the plants range up to 4', with leaves around 4-6" long. They are native and grow in wetlands, ditch banks and open stream banks. The color ranges from pale blue to deep purple and the large patches are really amazing, with a flower head every 8" or so. I may have to wake Eve (my wife is not an early riser!) up early tomorrow or Sunday to take me out to a good patch, drop me off with camera stuff and pick me up in an hour or so. By 10 am, it's too hot (96 today) out there to even try.
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    I'm going to have to put some of these in my bog!

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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Those are beautiful!
     
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    Thanks Addy,

    We see some great stuff on here! This forum is loaded with good info and ideas (nice folks too).
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Wild Bergamot has started blooming!
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    Purple Coneflower
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    Gray-headed Coneflower
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    Orange Milkweed... I've had very few bumble bees this year. Usually they're everywhere. Not sure why. Saw this small one this morning on the milkweed.
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    When it comes to native plants, and milkweed specifically, most people are excited to see Monarchs in their gardens, but for me, and equally exciting find happened in my native garden for the first time today! One of my favorite beetles, Milkweed Leaf Beetle, was spotted on a Whorled Milkweed.

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    Love the beetle photos! (y)
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    More and more color all the time around the garden.

    Wild Bergamot
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    Purple Coneflower
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    Meadow Blazing Star
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    Blanket Flower
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    Gray-headed Coneflower (Orange Milkweed in the background)
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    The garden.
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I just can't stop photographing it. What an amazing habitat I've created if I do say so myself!
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    Meadow Blazing Star is my newest bloom. This is the plant that is widely referred to as the "Ultimate Monarch Butterfly Magnet". Not too many Monarchs around for it to attract, and it's only one lonely stalk right now, but in a couple years, I imagine it'll work its magic.
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    We've noticed the low number of bees, too @JBtheExplorer - wonder what's up with that? And we haven't seen any monarchs or yellow swallowtails yet either. Soon, I hope!
     
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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Just had my first (ever) Black Swallowtail!
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    Had a Red Admiral, too! Fairly common, but still great to see in the garden.
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    peter hillman Let me think for minute....

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    Pollinators...(Cleomi) My sister lets these grow as they will, she provides additional water for them. She told me today they were excellent pollinators and sure enough when I took a look the bloooms were COVERED in various insects trying to get that sweet nectar. One had three varieties of winged bugs and an ant all sharing the bloom 025.jpg 024.jpg
    They seed themselves freely, but do need water.
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    Finally, a Monarch in my native garden! Monarch magnet - Meadow Blazing Star - works! Even better, there's two! (Photos below are of the same Monarch. The other Monarch was busy laying eggs on Orange Milkweed)

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    Beautiful! I always love seeing photos of your native garden in bloom (y)
     
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    My first Swamp Milkweed bloom!
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    Had a male Monarch today.
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    Hey, we saw OUR first Monarch of the year this morning! Should have seen DOZENS by now!
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    Swamp Milkweed is in full bloom now. Wish I had more than one plant in bloom. Hoping to collect seeds from it this year to spread it around, but I have a feeling these Milkweed Bugs will eat every seed it produces.

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