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Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...

Fred's Garden Blog

After a nearly five year hiatus, Fred's Garden Blog is back! Now you can enjoy and experience the gardening exploits and adventures of Fred in his quest to hybridize brugmansia and keep his jungle and nursery under control.

Sommer Gardens / Monday, March 12, 2012 / Categories: Garden Pests

This wasn't meant to be a butterfly conservatory

My new shade house is not only providing a more controlled place for my Angel Trumpets to grow and thrive, it is also serving as a butterfly conservatory.

butterfly.jpgThis was not planned by any means, butterflies are an enemy of mine. While they are nice to look at, butterflies create and evolve from caterpillars, the most destructive pest I have in my Angel Trumpet jungle.

butterfly-2.jpgI'm hoping that caterpillars will not be as big of a problem for me this year seeing how most of my Angel Trumpet plants are now under the protective cover of shade cloth. I've not finished building the doors on the shade house, so a driven creature like this could still find a way in if it really wants to get in.  My guess is that this recent encounter with about two dozen yellow swallowtail butterflies was the result of tiny caterpillars that were already munching away on my Angel Trumpets at the time the shade house was being built over them.


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