JBtheExplorer submitted a new Showcase Item:
Read more about this showcase item here...This year, I've got an 8' x 8' spot for a new garden I'm going to be working on. It's going to include mostly native plants, with a few others, all listed below. It will be created as a mini-habitat for pollinating insects and have a special focus on Monarch Butterflies. I also have 2' x 2' spots under bird nesting boxes, which I plan to plant much of the same.
Black Eyed Susan
Blue Arrows Rush
Once the season begins, I will focus this showcase on that garden and its progress, Until then I'll show how gardening became a hobby.
Gardening started for me when I added a pond to my yard. It started years ago with a 30g pond and after two upgrades is now an 800g pond. I won't get into every single plant I have, but I'll show you some of my favorites and maybe explain why I like them, but first, here's the entire pond area last summer.
I have 6 types of water lilies in the pond in various shades of pink and yellow. These are the two brightest species. The first is called Perry's Orange Sunset, and the second is called Mayla Brilliant Pink.
In my bog, which filters my pond, I grow different kinds of water plants such as this Horsetail Rush. It's native to the US and looks a little like mini bamboo. Its spreads, so its important to grow in a container or some place that it can be prevented from getting out of control.
This plant was a mystery plant to me. I didn't know where it came from or what it was. When it bloomed, I found out that it's Blue Flag Iris. Its another native plant, which is always a great thing.
Around the pond I have all types of plants including my favorite flower, Blanket Flower.
This one is called Mexican Sunflower "Torch". Those of you who love Hummingbirds need this plant! I've never seen so many hummingbirds per day before I planted it. It needs a lot of space, though. The seed packet I purchased said...