by Kathy Feagan (this article is dedicated to Rhonda Blanton, Superwoman idea-ist, decorator extraordinaire and beautiful person!)
This year’s sale is going to be different! Rhonda has been talking about us having a ‘plant of the year’ or ‘sale’ for the longest time – pushing that plant as a great, beneficial one for our area and ordering LOTS of it. We thought and thought. It was just too danged hard for me to come up with one plant!Then, inspiration struck! Why not make several plants ‘plant of the spring’ with an emphasis on plants that attract Butterflies, Song and Hummingbirds and even bees. I decided to order LOTS of Butterfly Weed. All that is commercially available is Asclepias tuberosa, the native butterfly weed. Jean Dotson called and begged that I reconsider and order Tropical Milkweed, which she had located at a nursery in Barton Springs. I did some research and found that, although there is nothing wrong with the native tuberosa but that Monarch strongly prefer the milk-producing Asclepias curssavica. I was concerned after reading some of the problems caused by Tropical Milkweed, according to NPSOT, but, after more research and from listening to Jean, decided that it was not a problem for us here in North Texas. So, we will have 90 of these Monarch attracting plants available at the sale!
Other Butterfly, Song and Hummingbird, and even bee attractive plants (to name just a few that A BRAND NEW EMPHASIS IS BORN at the 2014 BCMGA Spring Plant Salewere purchased in abundance) that will be offered at our sale this year are: