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Onalee's Home Grown Seeds & Plants
Around the farm . . . . .
Here are some of the goings on around the farm . . I've just started this page in 2009, so I'll be adding more photos here as time goes on. I hope you enjoy your visit!
This boy is really trying to impress his girlfriend . . . not sure if it's working or not!
The wild turkeys are enjoying themselves in the pasture, too - I hope they're hunting bugs!
This bluebird pair is checking out one of the houses provided for them around the farm - they usually raise 2 or 3 clutches of babies every year here:
We have bats that visit us every May/June and raise their babies here before migrating on. Here's one of our bat houses and a couple of our little mosquito eating buddies getting ready to come out for the evening . .
Build your own bat house - find plans here: http://www.floridabats.org/ImagesBHs/Bat_House_Plans.pdf
Sulphur butterflies gather in a damp area on the ground during a particularly dry period last year; they stayed here for hours that day getting the moisture and minerals from the ground. Don't forget to plant Cassia plants as hosts for the sulphur caterpillars to attract them to your yard!
Zebra Longwing and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies are a common visitor here because of the Passion Vines I grow, which are the host plant for their caterpillars:
Monarch Butterflies are another "flying flower" that are common here because of the Butterfly Milkweed I grow, which are the host plant for their caterpillars:
If you've never seen a hawk or hummingbird moth you've really missed something amazing! These are night feeders and they love Four O'clocks for nectar and their caterpillars feed on tomato plants (they are called Tomato horn worms) as well as Datura and Brugmansia. The caterpillars are large and can strip a plant quickly, so I always plant LOTS of Datura for them to encourage as many of these night pollinators as possible in my yard. Here are some examples of these moths that I've had here in my yard:
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