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ID this bushy volunteer please (4 rather large pics)

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 05.04.2010 at 10:15 am in Name That Plant Forum

I'm posting this for someone else. He doesn't recall anything looking like this in the past. It showed up in a potted plant. A plant was dug up and brought to work; 2 people asked why I was growing celery. It has no distinguishable smell when pinched or crushed. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.


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RE: Bee Balm larvae help needed (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 07.18.2008 at 03:59 pm in Garden Clinic Forum

Nice picture of the wasp; how come I'm not that lucky!?!?!?!? Anyway, it's probably Pyrausta signatalis-monarda/horsemint caterpillar.


Pyrausta signatalis-monarda/horsemint caterpillar
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What is this plant?

posted by: ham01 on 07.13.2008 at 09:13 pm in Name That Plant Forum

We have a plant that came from a packet of mystery seeds from school.

We do not know what this plant is.

Please help




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RE: need help finding humr safe insecticide for petunias with APH (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: irisheyesaresmilin on 04.19.2008 at 01:42 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I went to the garden shop again today - He insists this is safe for ALL pollinators; hummers, bees etc....

1 Tablespoon Ivory liquid soap
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
1 Gallon of warm water(tepid)
spray plant entirely - also drench the soil- it will kill off the ones that attack the root system as well.........


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RE: What butterflies are these? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: lepalot on 09.03.2007 at 05:08 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

These are Sachems. They can become abundant some years, especially in September.


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RE: What butterflies are these? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: roselee on 09.03.2007 at 05:08 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

What wonderful pictures! They are skippers. Someone else may be able to tell you the exact kind.


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What butterflies are these?

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 09.03.2007 at 03:20 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

There have literally about a hundred of these guys in my garden, each day this weekend. What exactly are they? They seem to like the verbena bonariensis the most, although they're still covering just about anything they can land on...


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Homemade Feeder

posted by: ctnchpr on 06.14.2007 at 03:01 pm in Hummingbird Garden Forum

It's OK to laugh, the DW did. She called it a
contraption. I call it the "Hummer Happy Hour
Feeder". Everything (except the Tequila bottle)
is from the hardware/plumbing/electrical dept's
of Home Depot. Threaded plugs on each end allow
access for cleaning. This pic was taken at midday,
a slow time for the bar. The regular crowd will
shuffle in later.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


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Whoopeeeeeee! Black Swallowtail cats!!!! I believe...

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 09.12.2007 at 07:12 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

I'm floored! I was dilly dallying after work and was removing a spiderweb from one of my windowboxes on the railing of the deck. Below it on the floor I had a windowbox of parsley, 2 plants, in hopes of getting some swallowtail cats. One of the plants is tall and yellow; practically dead. I was going to butcher it a few weeks ago but decided to simply let it go. Well, I freaked out when I saw 2 beautiful cats on the top of it! And I mean freaked! DH couldn't understand the thrill I was experiencing; grrrrr. I immediately put it into my caterpillar cage, especially since I hadn't been able to use it due to my milkweeds being too tall for it! Although the parsley was also too tall for it, I managed to bend it to fit it in, and not have the cats resting against the screen. One was molting, and I may have disturbed it, since it immediately starting squeezing out of the old skin once I started moving the stem as to get a good pic!

So, experts that I so greatly worship, can you tell me a little about rearing these guys, or point me to a knowledgable website? I tried to Google it, but there's not too much out there that'll help me in my hour of need. Thanks for any information you can provide me with ;)


clipped on: 10.15.2007 at 09:28 am    last updated on: 10.15.2007 at 09:28 am

I should have been paying more attention

posted by: caterwallin on 09.07.2007 at 10:10 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

to the forum, but I've been so busy with the Monarchs that I haven't had time to read a lot on here. I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to raising anything besides Monarchs, but now I have to know what to do because I have Black Swallowtail cats. Yippee!! They're eating my rue and right now I have them on potted rue that's sitting in a big storage container with a screen on top. Are these like Monarchs and they will climb up and pupate on the screen? I thought I'd ask because I don't know if I should put anything else in with them besides the plants that they're eating. Also, do they eat about as long as a Monarch, say 9-12 days or so and then pupate? Is it best that I leave them outside on our back porch, which is where they are at right now? It's kind of late in the year, so will they emerge as butterflies this year yet or will they overwinter? I know I should keep them outside somewhere over the winter if that's the case; otherwise they'd emerge and there'd be nothing for them to eat.


clipped on: 09.17.2007 at 11:10 am    last updated on: 10.15.2007 at 09:27 am

RE: Echinacea Sunset - weird petals? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: icotte on 07.12.2007 at 04:03 am in Perennials Forum

Looks like Plant Delights Nursery gives a refund on them. Read the second half of the third paragraph here.


Echinacea sunset problem
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RE: Hope these work for hummers (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: ltcollins1949 on 04.22.2007 at 10:19 am in Hummingbird Garden Forum

I can send you all lots of seeds for the Scarlet Sage, a/k/a Texas Sage Salvia coccinea. I even have some of the pink and white. They grow like weeds down here in south Texas and are perennials that bloom all year round. If you want some seeds, just let me know.


Salvia coccinea seed
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RE: not purple...not lavender..... (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: carolkcmo_5 on 02.14.2007 at 11:54 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

There are huge blue japanese morning glories? They are gorgeous.

Good grief. I looked them up. They are really expensive. I do NOT need another obsession. (I'll wait til next year.)


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WANTED: Really Old Seeds!!!

posted by: nettasaura on 09.12.2006 at 09:18 pm in Seed Exchange Forum

Does anyone have any really old seeds (2004 or older) they would be willing to take an SASBE for? I would love to take these off your hands! Let me know. ~Netta


Old seeds wanted
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Big Ole Fall Flower Swap!!!!!

posted by: mogardening on 08.18.2006 at 10:55 pm in Round Robin Exchange Forum

Big Ole Fall Flower Swap

How about a flower swap? I have finished part of my fall harvesting and have some free time. Lets Swap! I want to keep this really simple for all of us.

1. To join the fun, post a message HERE, in this forum. I will email you with my address.
2. Please send the following info with your seeds. At the top of the list you will send with your seeds, please print your name, address and gardenweb name.
3. Include a list of all the seeds you are sending. No more than 3 packs of the same kind. But send any number of packs from 1 on up.
4. If you would like to include "bonus" packs for your fellow swappers, please write "Bonus" on them.
5. Include another list with your flower wants. # 1 being the flower you want the most and so on. Your list of wants may equal the number of seeds packs you sent. I will work down each want list and try to give everyone as many of their requests as possible. If you would like to be totally surprised, you can skip the want list.
6. Include a SASBE (self-addressed stamped bubble envelope) with postage equal to the amount needed to send your seeds. If you would like to send an extra stamp, just in case(bonus packs), I will use it if necessary or return it if not needed. Postage costs are 52 cents to mail a SASBE up to 1 ounce. 2 ounces-63 cents. 3 ounces-87 cents. I will stop there, 3 ounces really is a lot of flower seed!
7. I will post to this forum when I receive your package of seeds in the mail.
8. Seeds should be mailed no later than September 30, 2006. As soon as all the seeds are in, allow me about a week to get it all sorted. I will post to this forum when the packages are sent.
If you have not tried a swap before, give it a try! It is so great to open your package and see all those lovely new flowers to grow!! I hope to hear from you.


Seed swap...
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RE: wintersown hollyhock picture (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mallowmallow on 08.28.2006 at 06:56 pm in Winter Sowing Forum pretty id love to trade for those three HH:)



Zanzibar, Russian & SSR
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RE: Butterfly Nectar? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: msrpaul on 08.12.2006 at 09:33 pm in Butterfly Garden Forum

Try some very ripe fruit...banannas, watermelon. When there was a BF pavillion here, they used to have a rich past of nearly rotten fruit, and the buterflies went ape over it. It seemed to be largely banannas.

Try this recipe:

one pound of sugar
one mashed, overripe banana (or other fruit)
one cup of molasses or syrup
one cup of fruit juice
Mix together, leave in the sun for an hour or two (no longer or it will dry up), and paint on in the late afternoon.


Butterfly recipe
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RE: Can anyone ID this hollyhock? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: romando on 07.04.2006 at 10:27 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

That's beautiful! Do you have any more of the seeds that produced your plant laying around? I'd love a hollyhock just like yours!
Amanda 'romando'


Hollyhock, Zanzibar
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RE: Can anyone ID this hollyhock? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: moonphase on 07.05.2006 at 12:08 am in Cottage Garden Forum

I too love the color of Hollyhock you have.I have never had one that color so if you are trading seeds of this beauty,put me on your list.This is a must have....


Hollyhock, Zanzibar
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RE: Can anyone ID this hollyhock? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: stormys_mom on 07.09.2006 at 04:09 pm in Cottage Garden Forum

Tracey I would love to have some seeds.

Thanks Jackie


Hollyhock, Zanzibar
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Tomato Sauce

posted by: steve421 on 07.02.2006 at 05:09 pm in Growing Tomatoes Forum

Well I just finsished making some tomato sauce for tonights dinner (chicken Parm). It took 5 hrs to cook but boy is it worth it...Im posting a recipe in case anyone would like it.

~10 bls tomato
3 teaspoons sugar
4 bay leaves
7 pieces of garlic cloves
fresh pepper corn
1 teaspoon salt
nice dash of oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon olive oil

I blended the tomatos in a food processor then
bring to a boil for 5 min with other ingredients (not olive oil) then simmer and reduce to a thick sauce..took 5hrs to reduce....when reduced add olive oil and heat for another 20 minutes on warm adjust to taste....then enjoy



Tomato sauce
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RE: Monarda Buds with Catapillars (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 06.30.2006 at 08:42 pm in Perennials Forum

Misery loves company! I've been hand picking (with a tweezer) these little B%*#^@&s for a few weeks now, drowning them in a cup of water. They destroy the buds either deforming or eliminating the blooms.

I believe this is the culprit, Pyrausta signatalis-monarda/horsemint caterpillar:

Someone had posted a link for me last year about this critter, and there isn't alot of info on it, but I'm 99.9% positive it's this guy. Whenever I see the moth, I've been smashing it, usually when it lands on a leaf.

So far, this years damage has been extensive on my "Jacob Cline", but they're moving on to the "Marshall's Delight", which just started blooming for me. They didn't bother with the "Blue Stocking" or "Claire Grace", which bloom later than the first two for me.

Good luck ;)


Monarda caterpillar
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Monarda worms (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: Tracey_NJ6 on 06.28.2005 at 10:31 am in Garden Clinic Forum

I just found this:
A new pest (or one that has not been observed before) is showing up in bee-balm flowers. Tiny white caterpillars feed in the flower heads causing thin flowering and early flower senescence. For ornamental purposes, the pest is hardly noticeable, but for those who harvest bee-balm flowers for food or drying, it can be a problem. This monarda or horsemint caterpillar has been identified as Pyrausta signatalis. The small maroon and yellow moths might be observed flitting around bee-balm in July. Bt or other mild all-purpose nursery sprays applied to developing flowers should help control this pest if necessary.

I haven't noticed any small maroon and yellow moths, but since I have hummers, I won't be applying anything...

Here is a link that might be useful: Link


Monarda caterpillar
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RE: Park Clearance Sale!! (Follow-Up #33)

posted by: tracey_nj6 on 06.06.2006 at 02:43 pm in Perennials Forum

Oh brother, where to put them?!?!?!? Plus, I ordered about 15 from Bluestone!

My Park:
1-Siberian Iris Steve
2-Pyrethrum James Kelway
2-Blue Eyed Grass Lucerne
1-Strawberry Foxglove
1-Clematis Josephine
1-Clematis Patricia Ann Fretwell
2-Toad Lily Raspberry Mousse
1-Rose Mallow Plum Crazy
2-Verbascum Caribbean Crush
1-Bellflower Sarastro
1-Hardy Fern Ghost
1-Echinacea Sunrise
1-Echinacea Sunset
1-Echinacea Kim's Knee High
1-Echinacea Harvest Moon
$59.24 with shipping

My Bluestone:
Agastache Heather Queen
Delphinium Connecticut Yankees
Hollyhock Peaches n Dreams
Lychnis coronaria Gardener's World
Penstemon barbatus Iron Maiden
$35.73 including shipping

Plus I have a bunch of wintersown babies (no so baby-ish anymore) to get in the ground.

I'm in BIG trouble ;)


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