Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

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Free Butterfly Talk on 9/22

Butterflying in a Suburban Yard, presented by Jeff Taylor.  Jeff, a long-time Austin Butterfly Forum club member, has spent many years cultivating a yard friendly to butterflies. He will share his knowledge on nectar plants, caterpillar food plants and backyard photography.

Date: Sept. 22, 2014

Time: 7 PM

Location: Meetings are held in the Zilker Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX, 78746 at 7:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month except December.

Beauty of Native Wildflowers, Trees, and Wildlife

Here’s an array of beautiful flowers from native plants that I planted in Fall 2010 or last summer 2011 despite the heat. Click on any picture and you’ll be taken to a slideshow with large images. You’ll see: prairie verbena (light purple, grown from seed planted a few months ago), Orchid Tree in bloom (white, planted last summer), winecup (purple, planted last summer), Mexican poppy (orange, wildflower mix planted from seed in fall 2010), emerging sunflower (planted last summer from seed), Indian Blanket (orange/red/yellow, planted from seed in fall 2010), and some red and blue wildflowers I have yet to identify. There’s also a Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta) butterfly which was hanging out on our red bud tree in bloom.

The benefit of native gardens

I had a visit from this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy! In the background, you can see a native Piquin pepper bush (small red peppers that hit the 70,000 pepper heat rating, according to Penzeys Spices.)

What wildlife have you seen lately?

Picture of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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