Monthly Archives: February 2012

Winter Sowing Seeds Outdoors

We recently received a comment from Anita Bowers from Chester County PA about a method called winter sowing. This is a method that would be helpful for those of us who don’t  have the space indoors to start seeds. The … Continue reading

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Butterflies Common to Pennsylvania, Part Four

Checkered Skipper Male Checkered Skipper (Image is the sole property of Randy L. Emmitt and cannot be used without his permission) Female Checkered Skipper The Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) is noted to be quite variable in its appearance. On … Continue reading

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Native Plants Three

We have already discussed the Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in a previous post, but two other species are often recommended for a butterfly garden so we will look at them next. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is also known as Rose … Continue reading

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Butterfly Bush – Be Careful What You Plant

When you are planning a butterfly garden, one of the things you do is  research which plants will attract them. You want to make sure that you have both host plants and nectar plants so that the caterpillar and the … Continue reading

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Butterflies Commonly Found in Pennsylvania Part Three

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) This a familiar butterfly that is identified by its  brownish-maroon wings with a ragged cream yellow border.  Bright blue spots edge the inward side of the border. The underside of the wing is striated, ash-black with … Continue reading

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Native Plants Two

Liatris spicata  ‘Kobold’  (Gay feather, Blazing star) is a native perennial cultivar of a U.S prairie plant with fuzzy spikes of purple flowers that open from the top down. They can grow to 2-2.5′ and the spread is 12-18″. Flowering … Continue reading

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Butterflies Commonly Found in Pennsylvania Part Two

The Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is a species which is most familiar to people. It is reddish- brown in color with its wings edged in black with two rows of small white spots. Its wing span is 3 3/8 – … Continue reading

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Butterflies Commonly Found in Pennsylvania, Part One

While our garden is still in the planning stages, our hope is that one day we will attract some of the butterflies that are commonly seen in PA. In this and future posts we will learn a bit more about … Continue reading

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Native Plants One

Since we will be using many native plants in our garden I thought it might be helpful to provide information on plants that would do well in our Chester County, PA location. This will be the first of many posts … Continue reading

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