Horticulture Update

August 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

If you haven’t had a chance to walk through the gardens at the Butterfly Pavilion yet this summer, please do so as soon as you can! The blooming season is reaching its late summer zenith, and the butterflies are responding with wild enthusiasm. The butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii), goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), (Eupatorium purpureum) and Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximilianii) are tall and covered with blossoms in pink, purple and yellow. Our native Rocky Mountain beeplant (Cleome serrulata) and rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus) are also big nectar sources for pollinators. Just today, during a Garden Safari tour we offer at the Butterfly Pavilion, we spotted an enormous Two-Tailed Swallowtail, three Monarch butterflies and a whole social register of Painted Ladies. We’ve also spotted lots of sulphurs, skippers and fritillaries. Migration is in the air, so this butterfly bounty won’t last. Enjoy

Posted by Amy Yarger

Horticulture Director

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