More sunlight now,more open,better Butterfly habitat...
Thank goodness my husband's brother has decided to cut a large number
Of pine timber directly across the road.The loggers have been working right
In front of our house,and I can watch them from the large picture window
Downstairs.They should be thru in Feb.I am going over there and scatter
All the seed I can in the right places since sunlight is pouring in already!
Now,this is not clear-cutting.It wll just provide more open space for Eastern
Woodland Butterfies.There wll be sun now for more wildflowers.
I have not desided yet what to do abt Fennel,but I am leaning toward
Setting in a new bed larger than my old bed was using healthy,well-grown
Transplants from the local sources and net them the first season to grow
Until the Fall brood Blk Swallowtail females show up here(one or more
Always does).This has worked for me in the past.A bed like that will last
Longer because the Fennel winters here well(usually)eventually reseeds
And starts more plants.I have never eaten the huge bulbs Gardeners
Usually grow them for.What do they taste like?
Oh,abt the Buckeyes!We had lots of Buckeyes,lots of rain and the Foxglove
Made a huge stand in the power line clearing across the road.Also,the
Roadside right of way was covered with all sorts of fennel,grasses,vervain
And more due to so much rain.Mid-summer a contractor truck arrived I
Watched them walk abt spraying but they were just targeting clumps of
Young Sweetgum trees...that sort of thing.They do it to keep the fast growing
Trees and shrubs from reaching the power lines .They seemed to be careful
Not to just get the spray all over everything.Anyway after they left I walked
Over and inspected the plants the cats were on.I took over a dozen cats
Back across the road,and put them in tanks raising half on foxglove
Collected on the spray site and the other half on Foxglove from our side
That did not get sprayed.All these cats went all the way to emerge safe and
Flying well.They hung around the back yard sunning,exploring and then moved on down the road where more Foxglove was growing.The Buckeyes
Were to be seen sitting in the road,breeding,and mingling with lots of other
Butterflies that like dirt roads,sun,and grassy roadside flowers.
This was just a little field experiment.I am not a chemist and searching for
More subtle long term damage.Later I went back over the spray site and
The clumps of young trees were dead.They were withered and brown,
The color of Burnt Umber.All Fennel,Foxglove,and green field grasses
We're the same for abt 3 feet out surrounding the clumps.
This is not going to stop.We are probably just going to have to continue
To work around it.