honeybee and butterflies

carol23_gwJuly 28, 2005

Since the honeybees are under attack by mites, I was looking for them. Clover in the lawn is a magnet.

The butterflies like the Lilium lancifolium which have overtaken my garden. Stem bulbils mean hundreds to thousands of new plants so I've spent a good deal of time removing them. Don't plant these lilies in your garden if you want other species since they carry a virus.

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Beautiful pictures! The second one is my favorite, but they are all great.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 11:31AM
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flowergirl_VA(z7 VA)

Wonderful pictures. The liliums you talked about remind me of muscari - they'll take over, too!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 12:27PM
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candyinpok(5b or 6, NY)

Wow, Those are great pictures. What camera do you use?

They are soo close!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 4:57PM
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Thank you!
My camera is a Nikon Coolpix 950, an older model.
I'm pleased with the results.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 5:10PM
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sunnyday2day(mid-MI. zone 5)

Great job Carol. The butterflies are more abundant this year...at least here in mid-Michigan. That second one could be a postcard. :)

    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 5:58PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

WOWie KaZOWie, Carol! They're wonderful pix!!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2005 at 8:41PM
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Gingers_Garden(z10a CA)

What does the virus carried by the lilies do? Kristi

    Bookmark   July 29, 2005 at 3:35AM
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Sorry for taking so long to reply!
The virus causes the slow demise of other Lilium species and hybrids, except for trumpet lilies, and a few hybrids that seem quite resistant. Lilium 'Black Beauty' is one that doesn't appear to be bothered. The virus causes streaks in the foliage. It can take a few years for it to kill a lily bulb. Lilium lancifolium is unaffected by the virus but passes it to other plants via insects like aphids. Almost all of my 'Casa Blanca' lilies have died due to this.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2005 at 11:01AM
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Wow. I have had turks cap lilies in my garden for 4 1/2 years, and my neighbor has had them for many many years, and they don't bother any of the other lilies in the same garden. You probably already do this, but if you mulch around them heavily with cypress mulch, about 3 inches, it will keep them for spreading seed so badly. Maybe try putting them in an area by themselves as an accent to your gardens?
Thank you for the beautiful pic's!
Blessings, Tina

    Bookmark   August 2, 2005 at 7:56PM
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