We've been working hard on our plant list and it is nearly finished. Not all of these plants will be available in early spring. Some will be grown to order only.
If you can't find info on our site about the plant that catches your interest, please send us an email!
Australian Violet Viola hederacea
Aster Symphyotrichum sp
Autumn Sage Salvia greggii
Batface Cuphea llaeva
Bay Persea sp.
Black Cherry Prunus serotina
Blue Pea Vine Clitoria sp
Butterfly Bush Buddleia sp
Calico Vine Aristolochia elegans
Candlestick Cassia Cassia alata
Candy Corn Cuphea milvillea
Canna Lily Canna sp.
Cape Honeysuckle Techmaria capensis
Christmas Cassia Cassia bicapsularis
Coontie Zamia pumila
Coral Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens
Creeping Indigo Indigofera spicata
Cudweed Gnaphalium sp.
Cypress Vine Ipomoea quamoclit
Deerberry vaccinium stamineum
False Nettle Bohemeria cylindrica
Fennel Foeniculum sp.
Firecracker - Upright Russelia sarmentosa
Firecracker - Weeping Russelia equisetiformis
Firespike Odontonema strictum
Frogfruit Phyla sp
Golden Dewdrop Duranta repens
Green Shrimp Blechum brownei
Hackberry Celtis sp
Heather Cuphea sp
Hercule's Cub Zanthoxylum clava herculis
Hibiscus Hibiscus sp
Hollyhock Alcea rosea
Hop Tree Ptelea trifoliata
Lemon Marigold Tagetes sp.
Liatris Liatris sp.
Loquat Eriobotrya japonica
Mexican/Summer Petunia Ruellia brittoniana
Mexican Sunflower Tithonia rotundiflolia
Mist Flower Ageratum sp.
Mock Bishop's Weed Ptilimnium capillaceum
Oleander Nerium oleander
Parsley Petroselunum sp.
Partridge Pea Cassia fasciculata
Passionvine, Blue Passiflora carula
Passionvine, Boomerang Passiflora biflora
Passionvine, Corky-stem Passiflora suberosa
Passionvine, Incense Passiflora incense
Passionvine, Lavender Lady Passiflora Lavender Lady
Passionvine, Maypop Passiflora incarnata
Passionvine, Running Pop Passiflora foetida
Pawpaw Asimina sp.
Pellitory Parietaria sp
Pepperweed Lepidium sp.
Philippine Violet Baleria sp.
Plumbago Plumbago sp.
Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota
Rayless Sunflower Helianthus sp
Ribgrass Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Rosemary Rosemarinus officinalis
Rue Ruta graveolens
Saltbush Baccharis sp
Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Sensitive Plant Mimosa pudica
Shy Leaf Aeschynomene americana
Silky Gold Milkweed Asclepias curassavica, Silky Gold
Spicebush Lindera sp
St. Augustine Grass Stenatophrum secundatum
Stoke's Aster Stokesia laevis
Summer Farewell Dalea sp
Sweet Bay Magnolia virginiana
Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua
Tansy Mustard Descurainia pinnata
Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera
Turk's Cap Malvaviscus arboreus
Twinflower Dyschoriste sp.
Verbena Verbena sp
Violet Viola sp
Water Hyssop Bacopa monnieri
Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera
Wedelia Wedelia sp.
White Vine Sarcostemma sp
Wild Lime Zanthoxylum fagara
Willow Salix sp
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Butterflies in 2008 ... it's an exciting year for Shady Oak Butterfly Farm! Our website has a new look, we added dozens of butterfly informational pages to the site last year, and our newsletter Butterflies! has taken wings.
Searching for a bit of information on a website with over 300 pages was frustrating for our visitors. We were relieved to find a search feature that worked well. Now a visitor can simply enter a word or phrase in the search box and find pages with that information on the page.
Ask Edith is built on questions written to the farm about butterflies and butterfly gardening. Often a question is easy to answer but photos help tremendously. It takes so much time to answer some questions over and over, so we simply build a web page around a question we often receive. We enjoy sharing about butterflies; our passion for butterflies was what gave the farm it's roots and later, the newsletter was established.
We announce new pages on the site with our newsletter. After the newsletter has been published for four to six weeks, it is archived on the site where it can be accessed and read by anyone.
On January 14, the new issue will be published. In that issue is an interview with Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, brother-sister authors of 'Lifecycles of Butterflies'. Their book contains photos of the life cycle of 23 butterflies in the United States; egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult. With additional interesting information (silk from the Question Mark caterpillar is pink) tucked in, it is a fascinating and educational book.
Also included in the next issue is information about how to tell a Soldier and Queen adult butterfly apart as well as Ceraunus Blue and Cassius Blue butterflies.
We were asked, "How can I protect my caterpillars from predators without bringing them inside?" That question is answered in January 14's issue of Butterflies!
One other item in the upcoming newsletter I'd like to mention is reattaching butterfly chrysalises. Sometimes a chrysalis falls and needs to be rehung for the butterfly to emerge. If its silk is attached, it is simple. But if the silk is not attached; it is easy but takes a minute more to reattach it with glue. Most of us glue only the tip of the chrysalis. We look at chrysalises (pupae) glued farther up its shell to see how it effects emerging.
The pages linked in this blog are older pages; new pages are announced in Butterflies! Subscribe today and don't miss an issue! Subscribers simply unsubscribe (if they wish to do so) at the click of a button in the newsletter.
Happy New Year! Edith, Stephen, and our family at Shady Oak