Winter Flowers

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    Can anyone help me with ideas for winter nectar flowers that I can put in my glass house or garden for butterflies? Native and non native

    Angie

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    Anna
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    Heck, after reading what Norm wrote…I’m glad I read this as its made me more aware of checking whether plants I buy to pot up for the butterflies have been sprayed or not!…It hadn’t even occurred to me till now.
    Is copper dangerous for them? (used to stop fungus)

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    I have purchased a few plants that people mightbe interested in that are full of nectar:
    1: Metrosideros fulgens – Autum flowering rata, climbing rata yellow-red flowers (this is just stunning)
    2: Hebe stricta car. Stricta – north island koromiko – butterflys took to this one within minutes of being introduced!
    3: Metrosideros perorata – sping flowering rata with white flowers

    4: Artichoke – great for the garden and the bees and butterflys love!
    Angie

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    How long should the plants stay out of the butterfly house?
    Angie

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    margie
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    Me to!!! I would love to see a photo of your butterfly house Norm as my husband is building me one this winter and any tips would be great:):):)
    Cheers Margie

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    HeatherCrofskey
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    Thank you Gill for the info and offer for cuttings. Will do as you advise.

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    Gilly
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    Heather -Senecio might be a bit big for a pot but it hasn’t self seeded in my garden… I’d just tuck it somewhere out of sight :)I could send you a cutting if you want and the Tagates one. Email me direct if you want some 🙂

    Sorry about your hebes/butterflies Norm 🙁

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    Norm that is terrible, but thanks for posting. I had purchased yesterday “hebe champagne” a long flowering one that just had one flower open but many to come and put it in the glass house about 6pm, last night when i read your message went out and removed it just in case!. Thanks so much, and so sorry for your loss.

    Will be interesting to see what you find out from the garden center.

    Would also love to see some pics of your butterfly house or how you do things.
    Angie

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    NormTwigge
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    Hi Jacqui, I put the potted Hebe’s out the back and gave them a good hosing, and will let the rain flush them for a time as well.

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    Jacqui
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    Good heavens, Norm! That’s bad news. At the trade day yesterday we talked with several people about the perils of spraying and what it’s doing to our insects. It was really great meeting face-to-face with management – if you try and talk with them at their retail point, they’er always “too busy”.

    So – did the Hebes become “safe” in the end? I have two Hebes here now, I think I’ll plant them in my garden… and hope it rains and washes them well.

    J.

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    NormTwigge
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    Reading Jacqui’s Forum prompted me to record my recent experience. The flowering plants in my Butterfly house were dwindling so I bought 2 intensely flowering Hebe’s from the garden centre, 1 purple and 1 pink, just the ticket for my Yellow admirals.
    They loved it . Next day I noticed 2 butterflies a bit wonkie, kept falling over and not able to fly properly. They died late afternoon, and I went on a spider hunt within the b/house, as I figured maybe they had been bitten by a spider. No spiders found. Next day 3 more succumbed , and the only thing different was the Hebe’s. So out they came and hey – no more problems. I think it is fairly safe to assume the Hebe’s had been sprayed, like reports of the milkweeds also. I intend to go back and query the nursery, as it may be affecting bee’s as well.
    Norm.

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    Jacqui
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    See Beverley’s post on Caryopteris clandonensis elsewhere.

    Jacqui

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    Jacqui
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    I have just returned from a Horticultural Trade Day and brought back two beautiful Hebes – they were released to the market yesterday – both have glorious flowers so I hope will also flower for a long period – they’re just coming into flower now. When I get back down to Ground Level I will list here the names of them. (I’m still unpacking my car…)

    Also Beverley came away with a plant that looks like it will be good value for nectar too. Will ask her to contribute the information here.

    Jacqui

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    HeatherCrofskey
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    Hi Gill, do you think we could grow Senecio petasitis in a pot to keep DoC happy? Finding good nectar plants for winter is a mission. The wind is my worst enemy during the cold months I have to say. Would like some of the above to try? Many thanks for the info Gill.

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    HeatherCrofskey
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    Hi Norm, thank you so much!

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    Gilly
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    Two winter flowerers – Senecio petasitis (velvet groundsel) – yellow flowers the butterflies love but DoC does not 🙂
    Tagetes – perennial marigold but my mainstay for winter feeding for the butterflies and the birds is Callistemon (bottlebrush)… marvellous tree – almost in constant flower up here in the far north.

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    NormTwigge
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    Hi Heather, waiting at the moment for some cuttings to strike. Norm.

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    margie
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    Cheers I need to get my hands on some Buddleia’s some of the ones you mentioned I already have but didn’t realise they were nectar plants like the sweet peas I have a fence covered in them also I grow a lot of carnations & primulas.
    Margie

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    HeatherCrofskey
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    Bottle brush is said to be good for Winter. I have “Tom Thumb” in a tub.If we can get hold of the winter flowering Buddleia salvifolia would be great.Norm Twigge has a plant near his home. Left a message on the Buddleia forum for Norm.
    I have a very old Yates Garden Guide which has a section for winter flowering ideas.(early autumn sown it says)
    Ageratum,alyssum,calendula,carnation,chrysanthemums, cornflowers,polyanthus,poppies (Iceland)sweetpeas,violas,wallflowers, primulas, etc. 35 different
    Of course it will depend on where you live! Coastal North Taranaki has pockets of almost frost-free areas.
    Hope that helps.

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    margie
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    Cheers for that wings1 a great help:)
    Margie

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    Pseudopanax arboreus – Five Finger this is a great one for the butterflies

    Hebe stricta – Koromiko great summer flowers. a must for any butterfly garden.

    Pomaderris kumeraho – Kumarahou – spring flowers

    Disphyma australe – Nz Ice Plant

    Parsonsia heterophylla – Nzjasmine butterflies love this!

    Vitex lucens – Puriri -Great coastal tree that has flowers all year round.

    Olearia cheesemanii – Streamside Daisy – amazing flowers, spring bees and butterflies love!

    not winter ones, but good butterlfy plants. wouldlove help with winter plants.

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    margie
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    Yes Angie I need to plant some to, would also love some ideas for winter and summer
    Cheers Margie

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