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Friday, October 17, 2014
Painted Lady on Tithonia...
This Painted Lady Butterfly was filmed on a Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) in our backyard. We try religiously to plant this wonderful sunflower because it's a magnet for all the butterflies in our yard, especially Monarchs. It grows 4 to 6 feet high and I discovered by accident one year that if you cut it back before it starts blooming, it will actually grow as a bush. I like it tall, however, it's a great back-of-the-bed plant and it's wonderful color will grace any yard. It needs full sun and blooms in late summer unless you start the seeds early in the season. If I start seeds in the greenhouse in March, the Tithonia usually blooms much earlier. I harvest the seeds by dropping the seed heads into a paper bag and store over the winter in the garage. In late winter, I clean all the bagged seeds into envelopes so they are ready for planting by the time the portable greenhouse goes up.
At this time of year we are putting the garden to bed. We'll cut down plants that the birds won't use as food, mulch our leaves and cover our beds with the mulched leaves. The leaves enhance the soil, cut down on the weeds and we don't have to burn them. My husband picks them up with a lawnmower that has a bag on it. Since we live in a wooded area, leaves are plentiful and cheaper than mulch.