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Mh december 2021 newsletter



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Mh december 2021 newsletter

  1. 1. 1 / 4 The Maypop Hill Newsletter The Maypop Hill Newsletter An occasional report of what’s growing at Maypop Hill Nursery and the Miley homestead An occasional report of what’s growing at Maypop Hill Nursery and the Miley homestead in Norwood, LA; to subscribe to the free newsletter, contact us by email: in Norwood, LA; to subscribe to the free newsletter, contact us by email: Website: . Website: December 2021 A pocket of perennials to please pollinators A nature photographer, Michael Glaspell, recently shared some images from his own yard and nearby locations -- of wildlife and native plants. His land-use ideas incorporate tall wildflowers and native grasses for seasonal interest, while maintaining an otherwise neat appearance in a residential neighborhood. Mikey, the nature-loving pooch on page 4, helped us find this little shy guy, a Common Checkered Skipper, according to the New Orleans Bug Lady, Linda Auld. The skipper was in the back 40 pasture, “nectaring” on horse manure. Very few flowers bloom for us this late in the year, but we do occasionally see a bee or butterfly ←Painted Buntings (also known as the Rainbow Bird & Box of Crayons) are shy birds that eat seeds, including those from native grasses like switchgrass, as well as pigweed,, wood sorrel, St. John’s Wort. They may come to bird feeders to take white proso millet and black oil sunflower seeds. 1 / 4
  2. 2. 2 / 4 Bee Pasture, open and sunny, preferably planted with perennial native wildflowers seed mixes which contain no invasive weedy species ideally, seed mixes collected from similar latitudes and soil types Planning for Pollinators for backyard beekeepers and bumblebee ranchers and edible landscaping and environmental land use Even a small-ish suburban lot can include some design features that improve habitat for butterflies, bees, birds, and other desirable wildlife. Even much more better is to connect with neighbors who participate in creating wildlife corridors Eco-lawn clovers, low-growing perennials grasses cut 3-4” Orchard Blueberry Plums Pear Elderberry Woodland Fringe (not dense shade) Red Maple Titi (Cyrilla) Magnolia Sourwood ** Vines, trellised and well-pruned Yellow Jessamine Coral Honeysuckle Passionflower A neighbor-friendly front yard, sufficiently manicured so that someone won’t ask you if your lawnmower is broken (which, yes, did happen to us, when Miss Clara kindly offered to let us borrow hers.) Pollinator Gardener’s House, with maps of plantings, books, literature about beekeeping,, soil test results, photos, seed catalogs ** Choose plants that match site’s soil nutrients, moisture, sun/shade Herb garden borage, sage/salvia, oregano, rosemary, others; near-native annuals like zinnias and cosmos Perennial Pollinator Patch seasonally changed to present a showy mix of wildflowers and shrubs that attract butterflies and people Clean water Pesticide-free zone
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  4. 4. 4 / 4 Maypop Hill Nursery & Publications 4979 Spec Garig Rd., Norwood, LA Betty & LJ Miley, specializing in native plants of the South email: web: Geaux native! Mikey, go find any flowers and things that look pretty in December. But don’t eat the daisies! OK, Mom, here’s a little goldenrod. This is cute, smells like a wild onion. . Can I eat the Winter Huckleberries? The red ones don’t look ripe. If I rub the witch hazel flowers on my snakebite scar, will it quit itching?