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My garden graced me with many lovely flowers this year.........P7238328
                                                                                                      Black-eyed Susans
Tiger Lilies
My double-bloomed Day Lilies
Cone flowers (with Swallowtail)
Butterfly Weed
Stella Doro day lilies
Salmon pink large day lilies
Yellow Tiger Lilies (on Bandit's grave)
Black iris and yellow iris
White wood hyacinths
Pink wood hyacinths
Purple wood hyacinths
Purple Iris
Pink and white Columbine
Purple Wisteria ( I didn't get a pic of my white Wisteria)
It was a good year for the garden!

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How I wish we got swallowtails in the garden! Your Rhododendron is a pernicious weed in the UK! Love those black irises.

I haven't gotten as many numbers or varities of butterflies this year; don't know why. Get a lot of bees; different kinds. A weed! Really! Rhodos are practically the bush of choice on Long Island. Andy has a red one in his back yard that I'm going to try to move to my house in the Fall. Almost all of the Rhodos are purple. The black Iris were planted by Sue; as Andy loves all things black. I was pleased that they survived the move from their house to mine. The deep purple and white striped ones seemed to have disappeared. I have great hopes for the deep pink peonies I transplanted, though.

The purple Rhododendron is the natural form and although is not native to the UK, they grow well in our climate on acid soil and the seed is very invasive in woodland. Here they form impenetrable thickets that dominate any space under the tall trees replacing other shrubs and shading out the ground flora. Whole woodlands can be full of the stuff. And the leaf litter is toxic, killing off some species. As they are not native to the area few animals eat them so they grow totally unchecked. Here is something on the problem from a National Park in Wales where there are 2000 ha of the stuff in the Snowdonia National Park.

Don't know if you use hectares (ha) or acres to measure area in the States, but 2000 ha is just under 5000 acres.

We use acres. I had no idea; it doesn't happen that way here. Our Rhodo came with the house and so is about 60+ years old. But it has never made another plant from itself. Every Rhodo I've ever seen stands alone. There is an arboretum near us with quite a few Rhodos in different colors, but they don't spread, as far as I can tell. We do have acid soil in some areas, but maybe not in the concentration that you do.
What will spread here, in the south, is the Australian Pine, an introduced species, which makes thousands of cones per tree, with many seeds in each cone. It chokes out everything else and spreads like wildfire. FL is trying to eradicate it by cutting it down. Then, of course, there's Kudzu, native to the south, which grows a foot or more a day and covers everything it touches! Here in the north, we have a vine whose name I don't know, but which is growing everywhere on the Island, over and through trees and bushes. It's the vine that ate Long Island. It must be cut out to control it, but on the highways and parkways, it has a good foothold and it waves in the breezes everywhere.

That is the thing with introduced species. Really difficult to predict how they will respond in a new country, but sometimes very adversely. Of course yours could be a different species to the one on the loose in the UK. Differences could be down to climate - they may prefer it mild and damp! Or you could have more pathogens in the US.

In my old job the best project I had was spending thousands of pounds grubbing out rhododendrom from an ancient woodland with scrub bashing tractors. Fantastic!

How incredibly Stunning! Such color and variety. Just lovely!

Hugs, Hare

Hare, the black iris came from Sue's garden. I took a lot of her flowers (as she once took mine) because Andy is no gardener and soon everything will be mowed down. Next year, I will have Peony pics also!

so beautiful.
I am really enjoying the pics

Do you get lily beetle? Bright red beetles whose larvae make a horrible mess of lilies if not controlled.

No; I once had tomato hornworm; I get bees, regular and tiny green and gold ones, black ants (for the peonies), praying mantis, ladybugs, lightning bugs, wasps, swallowtails, mourning cloaks, cabbage moths, and the occasional slug. Bugs (outdoors) are fascinating.

Our son has a 3 inch long grapevine beetle; dull orange. He's named it.

Sounds like it might be heading your way.

Beautiful beetles but they have stopped me growing lilies because the bits that don't get eaten get covered in beetle excrement!

Wow! If they reach our area, I guess I'll just have to put on my surgical gloves, fill a bucket with soapy water and clear them out. I'll be home for the period of time that our lilies bloom, so I'll keep a lookout for disgusting blobs on the plants or holes in the leaves. If the beetles do come here, it will probably be heralded in the newspaper, so I'll be aware.
The beetle which causes much devastation here is the Asian Long-horned beetle, which has killed untold numbers of trees in the northwest and northeast. Nature in her infinite variety.....

Yes, I was delighted when I found the first one in the garden, before I realised. I was much into lily cultivation in those days.

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