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Mh newsletter july 2021

  1. 1. 1 / 4 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: maypophill@gmail.com at website: maypophill.com The Maypop Hill Newsletter The Maypop Hill Newsletter July 2021 The guiding principle of natural landscaping is to create attractive scenery that looks like Mother Nature planted it. Mow where you go. Poisonous chemicals are a no go. Try try try to go with the flow. Know thy foe In this brand new planting area we will seek out and destroy Johnson grass Chambitter Morning glory Since Louisiana has a humid (rainy) subtropical climate, and Maypop Hill has no interest in frequent mowing and manicuring a useless grass lawn, we add this goal to our plan: low lower lowest maintenance. A battery- powered lawnmower does not get stuck in soggy grass when it cuts paths in the prairie. It gets in tight spaces and under tree branches.
  2. 2. 2 / 4 A good resource for growing a pollinator garden is To BEE or not To BEE a Pollinator Gardener?; that is a good question. To BEE or not To BEE a Pollinator Gardener?; that is a good question. Anyone with a few feet of sunny ground can grow these tall bee and Anyone with a few feet of sunny ground can grow these tall bee and butterfly magnets butterfly magnets 1. Stokes Aster (Stokesia laevis) - Swallowtail, Sulphurs, Brush-foots, Skippers 2. Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) – All 3. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – Swallowtails, Fritillaries, Painted Ladies, 4. Mountain mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, incanum, muticum) - All 5. Summer Phlox (Phlox paniculata) – Swallowtails 6. Blazing-star (Liatris species) – Swallowtails,Sulphurs, Cloudless Sulphur, others 7. Ironweed (Vernonia species) – nectar and host plant for many butterflies 8. Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) – migrating Monarchs and others North American Butterfly Association 2 5 6 7 8 1 4 3
  3. 3. 3 / 4 The Texas Star (Hibiscus coccineus) often blooms on the first day of summer in our front yard. Native hibiscus species tolerate wet feet, unlike tropical plants which need well-drained soil. buzz buzz shake shake I'll vibrate you flowers 'til y'all donate pollen for me to regurgitate to make honey for my colony Where have all the flowers gone? ~ a song written by Pete Seegar in 1955, before roadside crews started mowing rural areas in the summer. Alas, we just don't see the pretty ditch flowers (and pollinators that depend on them) that we used to take for granted. Now and then, not often enough, we see a remnant of what used to be. Here, in Livingston Parish, LA, where a ditch is too wet and difficult for tractors to get to, a colorful stand of Swamp Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) brightens up the landscape.
  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: maypophill@gmail.com web: maypophill.com Geaux native! Mom!!! Feed us! Events Maypop Hill Nursery plans to make two road trips this summer/fall: Sat. August 14. 8am-12 Noon; BREC Summer Garden Show, 7950 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge 70806 (behind Goodwood Library) Sat. Oct 9, 10am-2pm; Pride-Chaneyville Library Community Festival, 13600 Pride-Port Hudson Rd, Pride, LA 70770 This spring, a talkative little Carolina Wren raised a nest of chicks in a birdhouse on the front porch. This time she picked a wreath to raise a brood of noisy little babies. This is typical behavior for the little brown bird, which does not return to an old nest, thus avoiding health issues from leftover bird feces, flea and ticks, fungal matter on feathers and nest material. Besides birds, Maypop Hill has had 3 turtles lay eggs near the house. She's baaaaack! A bird-friendly home habitat map and checklist are on page 42 of the free pdf of Putting Nature First on Your Southern Land on our website, maypophill.com

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