Hi! And welcome to our newly formatted website 😊 this blogger had taken a hiatus while we were building the new site, and now I’m excited to be back at it again!
I had an article all set to post about our houseplants at home, and why we love them. But then! Today at lunch pick-up at school I saw the first butterfly of the spring, and just had to change my plans! The Canada Geese are a fantastic sign of spring, but sometimes when they return, everything is still frozen. This brave little butterfly gave me hope that (dare I say it?) summer is coming!
As our butterflies return from their long migration we will want to enjoy their beauty. The best way to see lots, is to plant a garden with butterflies in mind.
The following list is from the National Wildlife Fund, and has some great tips, beyond what flowers to plant.
Plant native flowering plants – Nature works in concert with itself, so naturally native plants will provide local butterflies with the nectar or foliage they need as adults and caterpillars.
Plant type and color is important - Adult butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered. Flowers that are wide open and bright are a target for butterflies
Plant good nectar sources in the sun - Butterfly adults generally feed only in the sun, and coincidently most plants butterflies like best, are sun loving as well.
Plant for continuous bloom - Butterflies need nectar throughout the adult phase of their life span. Try to plant so that when one plant stops blooming, another begins.
Say no to insecticides – If a chemical is designed to kill insects, it will kill butterflies. Choose greener, chemical free methods of insect control
Feed butterfly caterpillars - Without caterpillars, there will be no adults. Some fantastic options include anything from the mustard family, as well as carrots, parsley and dill.
Provide a place for butterflies to rest - Butterflies need sun for orientation and to warm their wings for flight. Place flat stones in your garden to provide space for butterflies to rest and bask in the sun.
Provide a place for puddling - Butterflies often congregate on wet sand and mud to partake in "puddling," drinking water and extracting minerals from damp puddles. Place coarse sand in a shallow pan and then insert the pan in the soil of your habitat. Make sure to keep the sand moist.