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The remnants of Tropical Storm Erika are expected to move into the southeastern Gulf Of Mexico on Sunday.  The trough of low pressure is moving west-northwest.  That motion is expected to continue Sunday, then a turn to the north is forecast.  Southern and Central Florida will get heavy rainfall today and Monday.  Rainfall amounts could top four inches.

There is a 20% chance of re-development of the system in the eastern Gulf of Mexico over the next two days.  The impacts are expected to stay mostly the east of our viewing area for the duration, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation.

 

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DAYSIDE GARDEN: Plants to attract butterflies

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 11:42 AM CDT
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It is time to install plants to attract butterflies.
A low maintenance plant for gardeners that also attracts butterflies is Yarrow or Achillea.  This is an easy to grow perennial that can tolerate some drier conditions once it is established.

There is a selection called 'Terra Cotta' with flowers that start yellow and then mature to a deep bronze.  If you want another color, plants also come in flower colors of white or pink.

Adult butterflies will visit the flowers to get nectar.  Leaves are very feathery and plants grow well and are easy to divide. 

Foliage will be low growing but flower stalks will rise about 1 foot above the foliage in late spring and early summer. 

Place plants in full sun or areas that receive good morning sun and afternoon shade.

DAYSIDE GARDEN: Plants to attract butterflies
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