Becoming a Monarch

I wanted to see a caterpillar turn into a Monarch and discovered how easy it was. First, into my new garden I planted some bright annuals to attract Monarchs and some Swamp Milkweed (red milkweed) for the Monarchs to lay their eggs on. I also planted some butterfly weed to feed the future Monarch butterflies. About a month later I discovered several Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed. I ordered a net cage from Amazon and put a caterpillar inside the cage with leaves from the milkweed plant. The caterpillar ate voraciously for the first couple days, then stopped eating. The next thing that happened was that he was hanging from the top of the net cage and then formed a “J” shape.  A few hours later when I looked he was in the halfway point of spinning himself into a cocoon. On the 11th day when I checked, he had just emerged from the pupa into a butterfly but since he was still wet, I kept him in the cage for another hour and then released the Monarch.  Stop at Trees Today Nursery as we have many, many varieties of butterfly plants in stock in spring of the year.

 

 

Sharing Photo of Lantana Tree

We just wanted to share this gorgeous lantana tree purchased by a customer from us this spring. Each year we get a few of these trees in. They are very difficult to carry over through winter as they are for Zones 9 and 10. Should you have been one of the lucky customers to have purchased one of these trees and want to try your luck at carrying one over through winter, google “Lantana trees” for some information that may help you succeed. Lantanas have a wonderful citrus scent along with attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. If your tree looks like this one, you should be ecstatic. We know your butterflies and hummingbirds are. Lucky you!

Lantana Tree
Photo by Trees Today Nursery

The Place to Shop

This week (June 1st) we unloaded two semi’s full of perennials, shrubs, roses, and etc.   So if you are looking to update your yard or replace those tired, old looking shrubs, stop in and shop at Trees Today Nursery.   The products we just received are high quality and beautiful. We must have over 200 coneflowers in stock.  Our Blue Marvel Salvias are an intense blue and blooming along with the yellow tickseed. What a striking combination the blue and yellow will make. The peach drift/carpet roses that arrived are to die-for.  We carry so much more then the normal run-of-the mill plants.  Our variety of shrubs and perennials is huge.