Six on Saturday – Day off

I  had a gigantic load of oak mulch delivered this week. After spending a couple of days ferrying mulch around in the wheelbarrow my back is complaining this morning so I am taking Saturday off from gardening.


There is still a lot to do in the garden. These Heirloom Celosia seedlings are nearly ready for planting. They are called Texas Plume Vintage Rose Mix and reportedly make excellent cut flowers.


A new Bromeliad flower appeared this is a Portea ‘Candy’.


This is one of our native Air Plants, a Tillandsia that is going to seed. It fell out of a nearby Oak – I am going to add it to my Air Plant collection that lives in the Sabal Palm.


A new butterfly caterpillar on a larval host plant I installed last year. The plant is Corkystem Passionflower, the tiny flower is hidden behind a leaf. The caterpillar will soon form a Chrysalis and become a Zebra Longwing butterfly. I hope.


The Zebra Longwing Butterfly:


This is the state butterfly of Florida, I have a large population in my garden and see these on a daily basis.

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Happy  Gardening.




26 comments on “Six on Saturday – Day off

  1. Chloris says:

    I know how you feel. I have a huge pile of wood chippings in my drive and however much of it I wheelbarrow away the pile never seems to get any smaller. I love seeing the exotic plants you grow. And that fabulous butterfly- stunning.

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  2. I LOVED this QUEEN


  3. I feel your pain. I switched to pine straw for most of my beds. I’ll have to look for that celosia as it has Texas in its name.

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    • The mulch is not heavy as it is a lot of leaves and branches in it – it’s the volume, my front beds are in pinestraw. The Celosia came from Floret, there are a couple of color mixes I think – I may get a zillion seeds, hold off buying!

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  4. The Bromeliad is a really pretty colour, but the caterpillar is spectacular! And now I now what the state butterfly of Florida is, if ever I appear on Jeopardy!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I love mulch, too, just not carting it! Good for you taking a day off.
    So nice that your host plants are doing a good job. I can just imagine you encircled by butterflies. 🙂

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  6. I too love the caterpillar and the thought of butterflies all over your garden!

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  7. What a beautiful butterfly and I love the hot colours of your Bromeliad flower.

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  8. Lora Hughes says:

    I’d begun to wonder where you lived, based on your plant choices & the caterpillar told all. What a beauty that is, as well as the butterfly. I not only have never heard of the zebra longwing (what a great name), but didn’t know there were state butterflies.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Those pinks and purples seem to be a common theme among several bromeliads, as if trying to attract similar pollinators.

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