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Page, 23 MONROE OUTDOORS by ferry W. Johnson Chinese forget-me-not is an o f you peruse a list of of this colorful plant when and I treat it as an annual. flowers that are both my wife planted it in one Since it produces an abun- beautiful and produce of our backyard gardens dance of seed, in garden nectar for butterflies and a large container. Upon settings it will reseed itself. and other nectar feeders, seeing the plant’s petite blue The Chinese forget—me— you will find the familiar flowers and the butterflies not grows to a height of names of mar- it attracts, I am 12 to 24 inches. It does quee favorites now a fond well in both partial shade such as Zinnia, admirer of a and full sun. Like many butterfly bush, plant that is usu- other garden favorites, it and lantana. De— ally considered prefers to sink its roots in pending on the simply a ground moist, well-drained, fertile length of the cover or filler. soil; however, it will grow list, it might The Chinese in other soil types. Fortu- also include the , forget—me-not nately for Monroe County names of plants is native to gardeners, the plant prefers that are pleasing TERRY w_ JOHNSON Asia. Botanists slightly acidic soils. to the eye and do not consider Locally, this forget-me- bear nectar but it a true forget- not can be planted from me-not, in spite of the fact it looks much like many genuine forget-me-nots. Although it is a biennial, like most gardeners in this neck of the woods my wife early spring into sum- mer. Some gardeners will follow up their initial plant— ing with a second planting some four to six weeks later. This is done to pro- long the time the flowers will adorn their gardens. If you deadhead spent flowers before they go to seed, a single plant will produce blooms for up to six weeks. My wife has been plant- ing Chinese forget-me-nots in a garden beside our deck for the past few years. This year she experimented with are not widely recognized for these desirable attri‘ butes. 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However, when she moved the container to a flower stand beside the deck rail, it did not take long for a bevy of but- ltegular Meeting Monroe County Commissioners will be holding their regular Aug. 21 meeting at Juliette United Methodist Church 69 McCrackin Street at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 The public is welcome to attend. We Care Abouf terflies to descend on the plants’ blooms. It was obvi~ ous that, as is the case with real estate, when it comes to spots where butterflies prefer to nectar one of the most important consider- ations is location! location! location! One of the first species of butterflies to arrive was the fiery skipper. The fiery skipper is one of our most common summer butter- flies. As it feeds, you cannot help but notice its bright orange-yellow underwings appear covered with black freckles. Soon the ubiquitous fiery skippers had to compete for nectar with the likes of larger species of butterflies such as the silver-spotted skippers, pearl crescents, long-tailed skippers, check— ered skippers, and com- mon buckeyes. One thing you will quick- ly learn when you begin gardening with butterflies in mind is that if you want to keep butterflies flying 'jur County's Well Being about your yard as long as possible, you need to plant a variety of nectar plants, such as Chinese forget— me-nots alongside phlox, coneflower and others. As one flower stops producing nectar—bearing flowers, you need to have others to take its place. In the case of the Chinese forget-me-not, although it is not a star like lantana or Zinnia, its supporting role in our gardens makes it an important member of our floral cast. In fact, after en- joying its beauty and seeing how often butterflies visit it, we cannot imagine ever forgetting to reserve a place in our garden for Chinese forget-me-not. Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildli e Program. He has written the informative column ‘Monroe Outdoors’ for the Reporter for many years. Email him at tjwood- duck@bellsouth. net. Local Health Professionals specializing in keeping the MIND 8t BODY in the best shape possible. SPOTLIGHT ON HEAlTH CARE CMDWELL ‘ VETERINARY HOSPITAL, LLc BUTLER CALDWELL, DVM QSl Hwy All South - Forsyth, GA 3l029 CaldwellVet.cOm Call (473) 9948228