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Old 6 Days Ago   #406
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That's nice Tracy. I didn't know that passiflora would grow that far north. Now I know.
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This tough little plant is a bee magnet and it can withstand my sun and my heat.
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Just a simple row of zinnias and marigolds.









I saw a hummer or two investigating the sunflowers the other day but after a good look they went elsewhere. You'd think they'd investigate the red zinnias but I've never seen them do that.

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Default Beautiful zinnias

I See you have a gulf fritillary on your zinnia. I found one of them this morning on the passion vine, which is their host plant. I won't have hummingbirds until mid-August at the earliest, when they are on the fall migration.
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That moth is spectacular!
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And they're big, too, their wingspan can be up to 8 inches! They were here in late winter one year, buzzing all over the place.



It's so hot and dry here I decided early on that unless it's food, I only put in native plants that have a chance of surviving with minimal water. Natives bring such interesting wildlife to our garden.
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That's nice Tracy. I didn't know that passiflora would grow that far north. Now I know.
It’s the p.incarnata or maypop. I’m going to take some cuttings off of it and also start some from seeds and try some in a sunnier area in my garden where I’m making a bee/butterfly and sitting spot.
I may also add a tropical passiflora to the same trellis for interest and cross pollination. I’ll just have to cut it back and bring it indoors for the winter. I love passiflora and the fruit!

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These are common in my backyard this year.
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Default Throwing in the towel

I have a corner in the backyard that is my original hummingbird and butterfly area from many years ago. Over the years it's contained several plants. This year I gave up on trying to maintain the Wendy's Wish Salvia and the Blue Spires Salvia. They were unable to take the sun and the heat and were constantly wilting and drooping. Last year I had a Blue Fortune Agastache that couldn't make it because it was burned by the sun. I replaced them yesterday with Hamelia Patens and Hamelia Patens Lime Sizzler. They are small but they will grow fast. My Skyscraper Pink Salvia is doing okay because I have it in a semi shaded spot and I give it a lot of water.
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