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Posted by kennebunker 5, s. ME (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 11, 05 at 19:46

I walked out to pull weeds,oh how we love that job.
This butterfly just kept flitting about my phlox. I have no idea what kind of phlox it is, a friend gave me some years ago, she had no idea what it was either, because a friend gave it to her.
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RE: monarch

Weeeds??? SHHHHHhhhhhhhh! :D

Beautiful Monarch! I've never seen one in person!


RE: monarch

Pretty Phlox and Monarch! Would love to attract these to my garden! I know there are some in Georgia, but have not seen them in years. Any ideas?

RE: monarch

I usually have hummingbirds and butterflies about. I think they are attracted to heavily scented flowers. That phlox has a heavenly one. DH walked outside the other night and came in saying the garden smelled like a florist's shop.
Hummingbirds just love fuschia. I had baskets of it on my porch for several years and they'd hang about a lot. One year I had a bird's nest in one of the hanging baskets. I think it was a sparrow's. It was a kick to see the baby birds' heads bobbing about. The mama tried to start a nest there again the next year, but I discouraged her. Although it was cute to have the little birds there, it was also hard to water and they did play havoc with the fuschia inside the basket.

RE: monarch

Ahh, lovley. Great combo for a picture, the beautiful flowers and the flutterby!

RE: monarch

looks to be phlox paniculata 'bright eyes'. i grow this one as well as other colors. they are some of my favorite summer-blooming perennials with a long flowering period and some are nicely fragrant.
if you would like to attract monarchs to your garden, plant some milkweed (asclepias tuberosa or other species of asclepias). i have read that the larvae feed exclusively on them. a. tuberosa is a north american native plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: 'bright eyes' phlox

RE: monarch

Yes, Jeff, it does look like Bright Eyes, I'll have to pass that on.

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