You may have remembered that earlier this summer I decided my big garden goal, at least for the season ahead, was to start a butterfly/hummingbird garden on the little porch on the side of my house.
I realized yesterday that what I was hoping for out there has actually sort of come together. I have to admit, it makes me *really* happy. I mean, it’s one thing to garden and to have plants and tend to them. But now I’m at the point where I’m doing garden planning (on a very small scale since I am a container gardener) and actually making the plans come to life. That’s pretty overwhelming, but also is a sort of … “oh, wow!” moment. I mean, I have NEVER considered myself a gardener- this all started with a few little plants from Home Depot, an unused corner of my lanai, and a hose. Maybe, just maybe… I can do this!
Back to the butterfly garden: When I first started thinking about it, I really had nothing out there- just a few empty pots and some scraggly hangers on from last winter. It was sort of the rehab ward for plants that were infested or not doing well or on their way to the Huge Garden in the Sky. Oh, and a rose that I planted from seed that grew WAY too big for a pot (which is now in the front garden, which is a work in progress! More on that maybe next week?)
I began researching butterfly/hummingbird-friendly plants, ordered seeds for several plants (four o’clocks, salvia, jasmine, moonflower vine), ordered a few small plants (two types of jasmine, four passiflora,) and cultivated cuttings from my shrimp plant, my existing salvia, my pentas, and my vinca.
I cleared the space, got the pots cleaned and ready.
I went to work, planting seeds, tending to the cuttings, and getting the purchased tiny plants to grow enough that they could be repotted and put outside without fear that the birds would shred them. Some plants did great (shrimp, pentas), and some never made it (echinacea, zinnia
In the meantime, I planted some Black-Eyed-Susan vine, which took over the whole entire porch. It kept me happy all summer, and when everything else was ready to take center stage (and the BES vine started getting too aggressive), I pulled it down.
Anyway, this is what my little butterfly/hummingbird porch garden looked like yesterday- the seeds have all bloomed into big plants either in the process of blooming or just about to bloom. The first passiflora was finally large enough to transfer into a big pot and was placed out in front of the railing that I’m hoping it will twine around.
So now we just need the butterflies and the hummingbirds! I’m pretty sure I saw my first hummingbird yesterday. I’ll probably get a feeder, as well, and see what else I can add.