Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Butterflies Flutter By

The small meadow in our backyard is a butterfly's dream.

I can hardly believe it’s nearly August. I took a walk yesterday, looking for inspiration and I found yellow swallowtails, lots of them I’m happy to report. We have a small meadow and they seemed to be everywhere at once, hanging on Silphium blossoms at perilous angles and flying around each other in little circles. I may not always like the heat but high summer is a great time for butterfly watching and the perfect time to start working on your butterfly garden. Take advantage of late season sales and make sure you have nectar plants to help the Monarchs that will begin their migration soon. Here are a few thinks to keep in mind.

Swallowtails love Rattlesnake
Master and Coneflowers

Plant in Full Sun – Many flowering plants thrive in full sun and butterflies need warm temps to warm up their bodies.
Plant Native Plants – If you aren’t sure which plants attract butterflies you can search here
Plant in Groups –It makes it easier for butterflies and other pollinators to locate nectar plants if you plant in groups of three or more.
Plant Host Plants – Butterflies need specific plants to lay their eggs on. Here is a list of host plants from the United States Botanic Garden
 Don’t Use Chemicals – Pesticides kill butterflies, caterpillars and other beneficial insects.

When you add native plants to your garden to attract butterflies you’ll be attracting hummingbirds too. Hummers love the same bright flowers and will be looking for their nectar just like butterflies. If you leave the spent flower, you’ll be attracting birds. Many small birds like finches love to dine on the flower seeds. If you have children, there is no better way to get the Xbox out of their hands and introduce them to nature.  Take them on a trip to the garden center today and see what’s flying around. You just can’t lose!

Bringing Life to the Garden
Have Fun Out There!
Peggy Anne
I never claimed to be a photographer

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