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Page 2B i orter March 20, 2019 MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. John son O black sw o ail isBronze fennel grows best when " i i ) i large dark butterfly planted on sites that are bathed in can be any full sunlight. Whereas it will grow I backy da ross the in the red day soil types found county. This is es d alIy' e if throughout the county, bronze a homeowner plaiaks'orie of the fennel prefers well-drained, fertile butterfly's favorite hoa plants-- bronze fennel. With a gspan i tha measure as: md h as 42 inches across, tfi 'biack is onebf, : the largest butterflies ;i you are likely to see in your Monroe County yar y h male black,:! swallowtail can be soils. Fortunately, it will grow in soils with a pH ranging from mildly alkaline to mildly acidic. As for the plant's water requirements, it does need regular watering. However, care should be taken not to overwater as this will encourage root rot. Although bronze fen- nel will slowly spread ' :easily identified by from where it is planted, its broad yellowband TI:RR W. JOHNSON I have never found it i: hat extends from 7 growing away from a wing fi f6 wing' ' garden. However, in across the top of its' black wings. Whil female also has black cks the male's showy ~~d. Instead, it displays two narrow bands of yellow spots ! along edge of the up- per of its wings.' '; Bror fennel is a perennial ', herb that hails Medi r i ranean. The plant a: should be spaced 12 to 18 inches : height ofsix Thefeather-like apart. i foliage of e plaint is truly strik- I have never planted fennel seed. ling, crm ifghres offa: 7. : :i Instead, I have always set out : p easmg oma ll on sc t small fennel plants. Although I have always been successful in es- some states, it is considered an invasive plant. Since it will grow quite tall, it is best to locate bronze fennd toward the back of a garden. Bronze fennel can be grown from both seeds and trans- plants. Since the plants can grow quite large, individual plants i !mdy,Alth epI t's i: tablishing a stand of fennel in this ydMw o ers are ; manner, it takes a couple of years ! 'are' Sited bynect 4 gfor the plants to attain a decent inse ranging from butterflies size. Since I am at a stage in my to bees. The plant's seeds are also life where I do not want to wait consumed by sparrows and other that long before a plant reaches ~''~ " ~ a suitable size I now buylarger plants. Al- though they r without cost more, I ever leaving their get to enjoy backyard. Each the butterflies summer I am fennd attracts always looking for much sooner, the sight of a female By trial and black swallowtail error, I have fluttering about my also learned it fenneL If She curls is not a good her abdomen in the idea to plant shape of a comma, one or two I know she is lay- plants in a ing eggs. After she small area. It departs, I carefully seems when examine the area you set out visited by the but- only a few terry looking for plants, if a its tiny pearl-like female black eggs. If eggs were swallowtail left behind, it is does lay eggs Black swallowtail caterpillars feed on bronze fennel. (Photo/Terry Johnson) not long before on them, tiny caterpillars in will not With that in mind, I recom- appear. Then it be long before a gang of hungry mend creating a fennel patch is fun to watch how rapidly they boldly marked green-and-black- consisting of six or eight plants grow. If all goes well, each caterpil- banded caterpillars with orange- located well away from birdbaths lar will eventually encase itself in yellow spots will voraciously de- and feeders, a oddly-shaped chrysalis. When it vour all of the plants' foliage. This I also recommend you do not emerges, the once-rotund, boldly- leaves you with the dilemma of plant bronze fennel near a spot striped caterpillar has been trans- figuring out howyou can keep the frequented by mockingbirds. One formed into a beautiful butterfly. caterpillars from starving. In an year I hung a suet feeder near When this occurs, you are hand effort to avoid such a fate, I have my fennel patch. Needless to say; somely rewarded for all of your fed caterpillars fennel purchased it did not take the sharp-eyed efforts to provide the black swal- at a grocery store. This works if mockingbird that regularly visited lowtail with a place to produce a the fennel was not exposed to the feeder long to spot the juicy new generation. pesticides. At other times, I have caterpillars feeding on the nearby given black swallowtail caterpillars fennel. In a matter of a few days, Terry Johnson is retired Program to friends that had plenty of fennel the mockingbird ate all of the Manager of the Georgia Nongame- but no caterpillars. I have even caterpillars. Endangered Wildlife Program. He placed transplanted caterpillars on Aside from creating a beautiful has written the informative column an alternative host plant such as natural backdrop to a garden, fen- 'Monroe Outdoors'for the Reporter Queen Anne's lace in hopes they nel provides property owners with for manyyears. Email him at will continue to feed and develop, an ideal opportunity to watch 7r Byi Carter Justice handled Ben against John Hernandez 6-2, MP'S two match victories 50 road sweep at Upsona hard fought threesetter Browne and Sam Caldwell 6-4 and No. 3 Caleb Wilson came in No. 1 singles where Lee on Tuesday, March 12. 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 over the Lady 8-4. The Bulldogs' losses overwhelming ]ed Weath- ]ackie Gore outlasted the MP'S freshman phenom Knights' Kam Beth Neigh- The Mary Persons boys came in No. 3 singles, where efford 6-2, 6-3. MP'S other Lady Greyhounds' Briney Becky Kenirey took every bor and Avery Pardue. tennjsteamoutdueledJones Tucker Melton fell 6-8 to the match win came in No. 2 Howard 9-7 and in No. 2 game against her No. lsin- The MP boys and girls Cqunty.3:2 in a n.onrregion Greyhounds' Chris Jackson doubles as Finch and Justice doubles where MP's tandem gles opponent, Alex Brasel- tennis squads were next mad match on Thursday to improve to 7-2 (3-0 in Region 2-AAAA) on the se Ofl.' tP's'No. 1 singles stand- out Micah Wilson shut out his overmatched oppo- ,nent Jones County's Riley Bennett, by an 8-0 score. Wils0ds,brother, Preston Wilson, was also victorious in No,12isingles, hammering Matthew Sheffield 8.2. MP's othermatch victory came in No. 2 doubles, where MP's duo, of Brandon Carter and and in No. 1 doubles where the Dogs' top pair of Caleb Wilson and Jimbo Finch lost 3-8 to Dakota Haskins and Aaron McKeever. Two days earlier, on Tues- day, March 12, the MP boys continued their excellent play with a 4.1 road region victory over Upson-Lee. All three W' on triplets were victorious in singles with No. 1 Micah Wilson beating Silas Laughman 6-1, 7-5, No. 2 Preston Wilson winning in straight sets topped Remmington Mills and Tanner Wilson 7-5, 6-2. The Dogs' lone loss came in No. 1 doubles where Melton and Carter fell 6-7, 6-4, 4-6 in a three-set thriller to the Knights' Kade Powers and Grayson Sheffield. Meanwhile, the MP girls tennis team, 7-2 overall (3-0 in Region 2-AAAA), saw its three-match winning streak come to a halt when the Lady Dogs fell 2-3 in a non- region road match at Jones County. of Karsin Bass and Lauren DeFore prevailed 8-4 over Lindsey Goss and Sierra Harsey. MP's losses came in No. 2 singles where Emma Cantrell fell 4-8 to Kayla Phinith, in No. 3 singles where Julia Rainey lost to Mayson Watford 3-8 and in No. 1 doubles where Josey Allen and Reagan Dorrity were defeated 3-8 by L.G. Carr and Haley Favors. The loss came two days af- ter the Lady Dogs improved to 3-0 in the region with a ton, in a 6-0, 6-0 win. Gore scheduled to travel to onlylost a single game in a : - West Laurens for a much- 6-1, 6-0 No. 2 singles victory over Peyton Chapman. Dor- rity was almost as dominant in No. 3 singles, beating An- nie Shepeard 6-3, 6-2. In No. 2 doubles, the Lady Dogs' pair of Anna Starr and Bass won in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 over Carlie Murphy and Kyler Allen while the most competitive match of the day came in No. 1 doubles where MP's top tandem of Cantrell and Allen captured anticipated region mad match at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The MP teams will then host Howard in another key region contest at 4 p.m. on Thursday. MP's lone senior, Tucker Melton, will be honored following the Howard match, which is the Bulldogs' home finale. The Bulldogs' squads will then face Jackson in a non-region road match at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. 4 I I Continued from 1 B bat bf Justin Smith. MP answered back with a acrifice fly of its own in the bottom of the'third as xavier Soule plated Watson. Mo0re'then added toMP's lead in the bottom ofthe fourth when he hit aline- a home non-region doubleheader, beating Cook 8-4 in Game 1 before rallying from a five-run deficit to topple Rutland 11-7 in an offensive shootout in Game 2. MP's victory over Rutland was historic in that it was the 100th win of Mathis' young coaching career of which 48 have come during his first two, and-a-half seasons at MP. apiece while Andrews led the Dogs in RBIs with three: MP had a season-high seven doubles, induding two by Claxton. MP's starter Watson failed to record an out while giving up six hits and five runs, all eamed, in the top of the first. However, sophomore Thomas Willingham came up big in relief, earning the win while throw- ing five-and-one-third innings, yielding the fourth inning, while leading MP with five RBIs. Moore also recorded the win on the mound, pitching four shutout innings while giving up three hits and striking out eight. Howard knocked in MP's first run with a line drive RBI single to center off of Cougars' starter Connor Richmond, plat- hag Snow in the first inning. Andrews then drive; no-doubter blast that deared the "I know a lot of coaches try to act tough five hits and two runs, both earned, while laced an RBI double over centerflelder leftfield fence in a split second to put the like milestones don't mean much to them, walking two and striking out three. Claxton Toby Stripling's head to score another run Bulldogs ahead 8-1 and signal the end for but when I first became a head coach I was then pitched the final one-and-two-thirds and give MP a 2-0 first-inning lead. The IRackwell, who gave up six hits and eight a young guy and I was at Taylor County; innings for his second save of the day. Bulldogs added to their advantage in the runs, all earned, with five walks in just Mathis said. "I think the year before I took In Game I against Cook, Kite was the bottom of the third when Kite singled to three-and-two-thirds innings, over they had won like six games, and they winning pitcher, throwing four innings left, scoring Claxton and putting MP ahead MP en closed out the game with three toldme, You ll never win 100here. You'll while giving up four runs, twoearned, 3-0. , the bottom of the fifth as n,e er be able to get dose to winning 100. two walks and three strikeouts. Claxton MP s bats then came alive in the bot- ' opened the inning with his first ca- It 11 take you 10 years to get there.' Stuff like pitched the final three innings, surrender- tom of the fourth as Snow started the rally r e- r'fi6mer, a tov e g fly over the leftfield that. But it meant a lot to me. Every game I ing a single hit while striking out two, for with a grounder up the middle against a fence, offofHusE6 s reliever Chris An- win, I take a ball home and my wife writes the save. drawn-in infidd to plate a pair of runners, drewsI in ning, Kite sentthe number on it, the date on it, we keep MP took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the Soule and Anderson. Snow then crossed every6n ome i#Iflaa two,runrocket them. Were got every win that I ve ever first on a Claxton sacrifice fly. Although home plate on an RBI single by Kite to put t ft,ce r t :gi MP the 10,rim gotten, the actual balls from the game. And Cook tied the game in the top of the sec- MP ahead 6-0. With a pair of runners on mer rtfl.[ adva,[Mg : d:gr! ure Moore this team is so special to me that thats part ond, MP sprung for a total of five runs in base and no outs, Crisp County turned would with ano2!)iRer, of the reason it meant a !ot that they could its next two at-bats to take a 6-1 lead. After to reliever Alex Kelley to stem the tide. ,Moore, Watson and Show led the Bull- be the ones to do it here. Cook responded with .tt ,ee runs in the top Instead, Moore greeted him rudely with a do8s,wi wo eadi, Camden Claxton The Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits against of the fourth to trim MP s lead to 6-4, MP first-pitch, three-run homer, dearing the an ,Wa n led with e hms each, the Hurricanes as MP fell behind 5-0 in bounced back with two runs in the bottom bases and putting MP ahead 9-0. Three l ,lg Ki addedfliree RB!s. ' ?the first inning. MP scored two runs in the of the fourth for the final 8-4 margin, batters later, Watson tripled in another coach Clae Mathi 8aidhe could bottom of the second and then three in Snow led MP with three hits, induding run on a shot into the left-centerfldd gap. ev#n prior to the seas n that the Dogs the bottom of the third to even the score a triple. Howard and Andrews also had Soule and Claxton later added RBI singles powg,p duction was going to be better in at 5-all. MP finally took the lead for the muM-hit games with two hits apiece. Kite in the inning to put MP ahead 12-0. Then, 20f in his first two years at the helm first time in the bottom ofthe fourth with was the lone Bulldog to score multiple runs the icing on the cake for the Bulldogs came ,F6r thr year were spent so much another three-run inning and yet another with two and Howard was the only MP when Crisp County leftfielder Cade, Jolly i,aorl g working ap- three-run outburst in the bottom of the player to have multiple RBIs with three, dropped a routine flyball offMoores bat, pr0 /ch, and this group, like I said at the fifth enabled the Bulldogs to cruise to a One night earlier, on Frida) the Bulldogs allowing two more runners to score for the berg of the year, they've bought in" Mathis said. "I thought they were going to realize what they could be at some point, ,::L And we still haven't gotten all the way there yet, but it's just our approach, it's the way we hit. We're barreling balls up, and good things are happening when you'retaking good hacks in good counts." Two days earlier, on Saturday, MP swept comfortable win. The game's biggest blasts came in the bot- tom of the fourth when Kite doubled home the go-ahead run, which was followed by a two-run double by Andrews to put the Dogs ahead by three. Snow, Moore and Nate Howard each had three hits to lead the Bulldogs. Kite and Claxton led MP in runs scored with three hammered Crisp County 14-0 in five in- nings, which included an all-time offensive explosion with 11 runs in a single inning. The Bulldogs had a season-high 19 hits with all but one MP starter having a multi- hit night. Moore was the Dogs' MVP on the night, going 2-4 at the plate, includ- ing a double and a towering homer to leftfield that sparked an 11-run bottom of final 14-0 margin. The Bulldogs were next scheduled to trav- el to Howard for a road region contest at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. MP will then return home to host Howard in Game 3 of their three-game series at 5:55 p.m. on Friday. The Bulldogs will then begin a three-game region set with Spalding when they host the hguars at 5:55 p.m. on Monday.