Lower South

September, 2012
Regional Report

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Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators
When we think of pollination honey bees usually come to mind. Yet there are many other pollinator insects that play a critical part in our gardens and in commercial food production. Late summer to early fall is a time when blooms aren't as prevalent and many of these native pollinators can use a little help. Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators provides an understanding and appreciation of these native pollinators as well as steps we can take in providing more sources of nectar to keep them going strong throughout the season.

Favorite or New Plant

Schoolhouse Lily
When the first fall rains quench the parched earth after a scorching summer season, a magical thing happens. The flower stalks of schoolhouse lilies (Rhodophiala bifida), also known as oxblood lilies, emerge from the soil sporting deep red trumpet-shaped blooms to herald the end of summer and the start of the best gardening season of the year. The blooms will fade after a couple of weeks as thin strappy foliage appears to replenish the bulbs through the fall to spring season. Then the plant disappears until the following fall.

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