Butterflies, Seeds, and Tree Planting at Little Piney

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There’s a new kind of winged creature fluttering about the fields at Little Piney.  With the wildflowers starting to bloom, the butterflies have arrived. These three were still long enough to photograph.

 

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Seeing all the activity, I was inspired to order wildflower seeds for the pastures to encourage more butterfly and bee activity.  Native American Seed in Junction, Texas, www.seedsource.com has a wonderful selection of mixes and individual wildflower seeds.  They were recommended as a reliable source for fresh, top quality native plant seeds by Robert Trudeau of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Bastrop office.  They just arrived UPS as I was typing.  That’s a one day turnaround!

 

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Little Piney is primarily a wildlife habitat, so we are also planting new trees and bushes that produce berries for the birds. Last weekend, with the help of our 5 year old granddaughter, Athena, and my dear friend, Lisa, I planted 2 wax myrtles, a rusty black haw viburnum, a fragrant sumac, and a possumhaw in the front field, and 2 rough leaf dogwoods by the lake.  With this week’s rain they look happy and healthy.  Athena loved helping out and now considers herself a tree planting expert.  If you want to be entertained as you work, invite a 5 year old to help!

 

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If you’re wondering about planting new trees without a watering hose handy, so was I.  After researching, I purchased watering rings called “Ooze Tubes”  from Home Depot.  You fill the rings with water, place around the tree, and add a nozzle for drip irrigation.  I bought a wagon to haul them back and forth to fill at the faucet.  They are supposed to water a tree for up to two weeks.  I’ll let you know how well they work at Little Piney as I try them out.

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