Category Archives: 2013

Mycorrhizal Fungi

I’m going to use this page to add in information about this topic.

Here’s some good information from Gabe Brown on Mycorrhizal Fungi. One of the reasons I use Pro-Mix BX is because it has this fungi.

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American Ladies on Pearly Everlasting


If there’s one plant that I’m always guaranteed to have larvae on every year, it’s Pearly Everlasting. I’ve already raised one generation of American Ladies on this plant and now I’ve got even more larvae. I’m hoping that all those spikes on the caterpillar will keep away all the wasps that seem to be in the garden.

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Butterfly Garden Tour – Saturday – 8am

I’m having a tour of the butterfly garden tomorrow – Saturday – June 22 – starting at 8am.

Please come and visit if you’re interested.


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Cabbage White and Cocoons?


I brought some cabbage white larvae inside to show to a group and a couple of days later when I looked at them I saw all these cocoons in a bunch. I can’t quite figure out how they got there since I didn’t see them before. Right now I’ve got the cocoons in a sealed container to see what emerges – we’ll keep you posted. There’s also that little red blob near the top – I’m not sure what that is either. I’m guessing these are wasps. The larvae were inside one of my caterpillars and emerged in this form.


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Free Butterfly Gardening Program Tonight


If you’re interested in learning about Butterfly Gardening, I’m doing a free program tonight at Powder Valley – 6pm.


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Mother Nature Finally Shows Up


After a cold long winter, Mother Nature is finally showing up in my butterfly gardens. One of the nice things about having a butterfly garden are all the other critters that show up even when butterflies are scarce. Here’s what I saw today.

  • First hummingbird
  • First goldfinch
  • First Black Swallowtail larvae on Rue
  • Turtle
  • Chipmunk
  • Two hawks
  • Honey Bees on Nepeta

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American Lady – One of My First Visitors


Since it’s early in the season, it’s always fun to see a butterfly which is willing to pose for the camera. This American Lady really seems to enjoy the nectar from the Nepeta – Walkers Low. This is one of my favorite nectar plants these days and will bloom most of the summer.  I also have some larvae on my Pearly Everlasting so I’m assuming that the Lady is responsible.



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Plant Sales in St. Louis – 2013

There are some great plant sales coming up in St. Louis. I will post all the sales I find on this page.

Missouri Wildflowers Nursery – Kirkwood Farmers Market – Lots of Native Plants.
Kirkwood MO, 150 East Argonne
Saturdays throughout April and May 4:  9am – 4pm
Give us your order in advance, or browse through our selection at the Market.

April 20th – 9 to noon – Plant Sale and More – University of Missouri Extension – 260 Brown Road – St. Peters MO 63376-636-970-3000

May 10th – 11th – Shaw Nature Reserve – May 10(members 4pm to 7:30 pm) – 11th – (9 am to 4pm) native plants-  (plant list)

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March 12th – Free Butterfly Gardening Program


Because of the bad weather – the Butterfly Garden Program has been rescheduled to March 12th.

Sappington Gardens

2 pm and 7 pm

11530 Gravois
Saint Louis Missouri 63126

No Reservations Needed.

Free book download.

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2013 Butterfly Gardening Calendar

Feb 4 – Boone Country Garden Club – Feb. 4th.

Canceled – Bad Weather – Feb. 21st – 2pm and 7pm – Sappington Gardens – 11530 Gravois, Saint Louis Missouri 63126  314-843-4700

March 12 – Sappington Gardens 2pm and 7pm

March 13 – Wild Ones 7pm – 314-647-1608 – 8001 Dale Avenue, 63117

April 17 – 6:30 pm – MoBot – Rock Garden Society

April 26 – Concord School – Raised Garden – Added 25 plants.

May 28 – Mehlville Garden Club – my house – 10:30 am

June 18 – Monep – Powder Valley – 6pm


Judy S. – Uthoff Elementary

Truman Middle School – Fill-in plants.

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