Monday Memories 8-22-2016

Midwestern Native Deer Resistant Trees, Deer Resistant Shrubs & Perennials

wpid-2012-11-03-15.19.36.jpgMidwestern residents have to deal with the grazing andwpid-20130702_160147.jpg trampling of their shrubs by Odocoileus virginianus or the white-tailed deer. There are many choices of ornamental trees, shrubs and perennials that are deer-resistant. These are links to some North American natives that will work in the Midwest. Remember, when the weather is sever enough, deer will eat just about anything.

 

 

How to Collect, Store and Grow Things From Seed

seed collection pix

Midwestern residents can save money by collecting their own seeds.

It’s an advantage to vegetable gardeners to harvest seeds from plants that did well in their garden. The plant would have grown accustomed to the particulars of the plot, and provided the same DNA to the seeds. Unfortunately, hybrid varieties do not keep their traits; don’t collect these unless one likes surprises.

It is illegal to gather seed in forest preserves, natural areas, or parks. It is legal to gather seed on rights-of-way, which are mostly along public highways. Do not take all of the seeds of a plant, please share with Mother Nature.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – Papilio glaucusimage

 

I don’t seem to see these guys until later in the season. Maybe because they like other areas better than mine? I don’t know. I’m just glad to see them when I do.
Caterpillar Hosts: Leaves of various plants including wild cherry (Prunus), sweetbay (Magnolia), basswood (Tilia), tulip tree (Liriodendron), birch (Betula), ash (Fraxinus), cottonwood (Populus), mountain ash (Sorbus), and willow (Salix).
Adult Food: Nectar of flowers from a variety of plants including wild cherry and lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Milkweed (Asclepias) and Joe-Pye Weed [Eupatorium] are favorites in the summer months.
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

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