Sunday, August 2, 2009


I was playing with my husband's camera again, and took a picture of the lantana, which got me thinking about plant issues. The land we bought was wooded, and the builder, who had planned to live here, cleared most of it for pasture. We want to replant as much as we can with native plants. We want to see bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and all kinds of insects.

However, there are some foundation plantings that are already here and thriving, including several lantana plants. From what I read, common lantana is an invasive plant, and a real problem in parts of the American south.

It's a beautiful plant...

....and is obviously thriving here. These two lantanas can't be more than 2-3 years old. They are constantly covered in bees and butterflies so are obviously nurturing wildlife.

I've even bought and planted a couple of new lantana plants. I had been thinking to myself that as long as I keep them from being invasive on my property, it was all right. Then I read a comment on someone's blog that really struck me. The person commented that of course we can't control where birds deposit seeds through their droppings.

Nothing's ever simple, is it? I still haven't decided what to do, if anything...

On a lighter note, it's a beautiful cool, misty day here for the beginning of August, and Halley the new cat is in a playful mood. I'm not sure exactly what she's pretending to be in this picture.

A race car driver?

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  1. heh heh. sometimes ya just gotta wonder WHAT they are thinking...

  2. A friend suggested that she's really doing the luge...:->.


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