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February 1, 2018


Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana’ Silver Mound Iris – Historic tall bearded Iris ‘Mrs. Andrist’ Sedum floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’

Gentiana calycosa Pleated gentian

This plant requires a moist, cool soil in part shade. In Parkdale YYC it begins to bloom in mid-July. The striking deep, intense blue colouring makes it conspicuous and it all “All parts of this plant…are poisonous if ingested.”*

Gentians are among the loveliest of mountain wildflowers and are rock-garden favorites. The genus honors King Gentius of Illyria, ruler of an ancient country on the east side of the Adriatic Sea, who is reputed to have discovered medicinal virtues in gentian plants.” (LBJWC)


*Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) The University of Texas at Austin.

Plants that attract butterflies

G2017_07_23-012This is a Fritillary Butterfly showing the underside of its wing on a Joe Pye Weed flower on July 23, 2017 in a Parkdale YYC garden.

Butterflies and bees

July 18, 2017

Plants that attract butterflies and bees


This Great Spangled Fritillary Speyeria cybele visited the garden on July 18. At first glance I thought it was a Monarch but when I got closer I could see that it was smaller and its markings are quite different. Apparently its larvae feed on native violets (Viola) and the eggs are laid nearby. I planted wild blue and white violets in the garden several years ago. It was on the sweet oregano plant which is in bloom by mid-July. There are lots of bees of all kinds in the garden these days as well.

AA1_Painted_Lady_Butterfly-011 This is a Painted Butterfly on Creeping Thyme ‘Pink Chintz’ on June 14, 2017.


New Jersey Butterflies

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August 2015

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