The Garden Blog at Pinder's

Butterfly Beauty: The Swallowtail

This past week I have noticed more Swallowtails in flight that we’ve seen since last Fall.  The Swallowtail is one of the largest, and some would say the most beautiful, of all the Florida butterflies. There are ten Swallowtails that are native to Florida. All but the Polydamas have tails!  They rely on their tails to draw the attention of predators, mostly birds, away from...
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Milkweed Butterflies

The wild look of your butterfly garden delights the most common butterfly in North America, the Monarch. Year-round residents in our area, Monarchs can be lured to your garden with a patch of tall milkweed. This is the only food source that larvae will eat and the plants can be devoured in a matter of days by hungry caterpillars. Milkweed, Pentas, Lantana, Spanish Nettle, Porterweed,...
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Spring’s In the Air!

Herbs and edibles are a great way to prepare for Spring!  You know how to use parsley, cilantro, dill, and basil, but have you ever grown and used Scented Geraniums?  Scented Geraniums have pretty, fragrant leaves and most have small flowers.  They are lovely and useful and fun to grow!  Many have scents that are reminiscent of other plants like rose or citrus or apple.  Here, we can grow these outdoors all...
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