Inexpensive Trees and Shrubs

2016-tress-shrubs-moEvery year the state of Missouri offers inexpensive trees and shrubs for sale. They can be as little as $1.00 or less, depending on how many you order. The catch is that you have to buy in large quantities, so call your neighbors and friends and see if you can come up with the minimum.

Click on the link below to get the brochure and order form. Many plants will be sold out, so the quicker you order the better.

From their list, I grow Tulip Poplar, Hackberry, Willow, and Spicebush.

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Compost Program at MoBot

There’s a free program about compost at the Missouri Botanical Garden on November 10th – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a free lunch.


Click on this link to get the seminar brochure.

You do need to signup ahead of time.

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Here One Day – Gone the Next

monarch-dsc04726October 6, 2016 – I still have around a hundred Monarchs nectaring on Tropical Milkweed mostly. This was the nicest migration I have ever seen. The migration came through a couple of weeks late, but they stayed around for a week or so.

October 7, 2016 – We are having a cold front come through with winds from the Northwest.

By the end of the day, all one hundred Monarchs have left.

It will be interesting to see how many Monarchs make it to Mexico. From my sightings, the numbers should increase significantly.


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113,000 Seeds – $17.59

asclepias-113000I just found a deal on milkweed seeds that I thought I’d share. I just bought 113,000 asclepias curassavica seeds for just $17.59.

I got them from The link will take you to this offer.

asclepias-oregon-800Note – the main Monarch migration is going through St. Louis right now, so get outside and enjoy this phenomenon.


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Monarch Butterflies Program – Tuesday 7 p.m.

I’m doing a program on Monarch butterflies tomorrow at Grants View Library at 7 p.m.
9700 Musick Ave, St. Louis, MO 63123
Tuesday – Sept. 27, 2016

I hope you can make it.

Here’s a video of the Monarchs in my garden.

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Monarch Tagging for Kids This Sunday

If you live in the St. Louis area, we are going to let the kids tag some Monarch butterflies.

Sunday – Sept. 18, 2016
Time 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


9016 Robyn Rd
Crestwood MO  63126

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Monarchs – Premigration Migration

monarch-dsc04501In  a recent newsletter written by Chip Taylor, he mentioned a phenomenon that is new to me. He called it the “Premigration Migration.”

In Missouri, the Monarchs have been quite scarce during the early part of the year, but in the last month or so they seem to be everywhere. Chip reports that Missouri seems to be one of the states where reproductive Monarchs seems to have flown south and have been laying lots of eggs. As a result, I have seen numerous Monarchs flying around and laying eggs in my yard. I reported seeing seven Monarchs a couple of weeks ago and an acquaintance mentioned that she had seen twenty-five. I also noticed twenty Monarch caterpillars in a brand new butterfly garden at one of our city parks. I’ve never seen so many caterpillars at one time.

Two days ago, I counted twenty Monarchs in my yard and assumed the migration was going through Missouri, but now after reading Chip’s newsletter, I think it’s more likely the “Premigration Migration.”

It looks like Missouri is definitely helping the Monarch population during this last month before the real migration.



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