How I Got Started

I started Butterfly gardening many years ago. My yard has been a progression over the years, and has made many transformations. Twenty years ago I experienced Hurricane Andrew. My yard and house were destroyed. We decided not to replace the pool screening and open up the backyard and put in some landscaping. That was the official beginning of my love for gardening in South Florida. I added a beautiful water garden years ago, and have been adding host and larvae plants for pollinators, mostly for the butterfly, for as many years as I can remember. I had my yard certified as a Natural Habitat, through the National Wildlife Foundation. To have a natural habitat you need to provide and meet certain requirements: 1. Provide a food source, 2. Provide a water source, 3. Cover, 4. A place to raise young. I try not to use any pesticides in my yard. I vermicompost and recycle as many of my food scraps as possible. If I had more land I would have a huge compost bin to recycle all my yard cuttings. Basically, I try to lessen my carbon footprint on this earth. In my own little world or backyard I try to provide an ecosystem in my water garden, provide birdbaths, birdfeeders, hummingbird nectar sources, feeders, puddling areas, host plants and nectar plants for butterflies and other pollinators. I am hoping to raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of saving our Butterflies, Blooms & Bees. Without them our world and food source will be in trouble. I hope you all enjoy my journey. I am not a Master Gardener, or Master Beekeeper, an Entomologist, or Journalists. I am simply a Backyard Gardener who is trying to lessen her Carbon Footprint of this Earth.

I hope you enjoy my blogs.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mexican Flame Vine

Here is a video that I took of the Mexican Flame Vine (Senecio confuses).  The Mexican Flame vine is a favorite vine to have in your yard if you have a butterfly garden.  It has very bright orange flowers and attracts many pollinators.   I have been trying to get this vine to grow up my palm tree but haven’t had much success.  I put some netting on the tree to guide the vine but still with no success.  When I cleaned up the yard a few months ago I pulled most of the vine out of the flower bed.  It was growing everywhere except up the palm tree.  Now the vine is growing at the base of the palm tree and I am hoping that it will continue to grow up the tree.  I have been guiding it and I think that it seems to be going where I want it to.  I took some of the runners that are trying to grow again in the flower bed and planted them on the white trellis along the fence.

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