Monday, April 16, 2012

Butterfly Garden

I have been busy lately helping with creating a butterfly garden for a golf course community.

Actually, I had originally designed and planted this large garden over 10 years ago as a hummingbird garden (during my time there as a horticulturist).  It turned out great and was one of my favorite projects.

I was thrilled to be asked to create a new design for this area so that it would attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.



I can't wait to share the before and after photos with you in a few days.

One of the favorite things the kids and I did was to raise butterflies together. 

I'm not sure what was the most exciting part.....

- Seeing the caterpillars create their chrysalis
- Seeing them emerge
- Releasing them into our garden.


American Beauty Butterfly

Anyone can do it and kits are available online.

I blogged about our experience and you can read them here....

"Surprise For My Daughter"

"Moving Day for Caterpillars"

"Beauty Emerges"

"Ready to Fly Away"

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On a personal note....life is slowly getting back to normal since our home flooded.

We got new carpeting today, courtesy of our homeowner's insurance.  

I just need to move everything back inside ;-)


5 comments:

Ian said...

Love the butterfly photos and a great idea to design a garden to attract them.

Darla said...

Get out of here! I did not know your home flooded. I am so sorry to read this. I pray you didn't lose anything of value. Looking forward to seeing your new project.

andrea/igardendaily.com said...

Hi there! So sorry to hear your home flooded...that is really unfortunate. Our flooded one time to so I know it is difficult.

On a separate note I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my site to learn about all of the details. I don't know if you are familiar with this award already but I really like your blog and wanted to show it! Thanks for always sharing your great ideas and projects! Best, Andrea

Carol said...
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Carol said...

Hi Noelle, I too am so sorry to learn of your flood. Best of luck getting things back in order. I love the beautiful shots of the Pipevine Swallowtail and what looks like America"Painted' Lady. Sounds like meaningful work designing a butterfly/hummer garden. I hope the golf course does not use pesticides. I am sure you would alert them on that issue, for it would kill the caterpillars and butterflies they are trying to attract. Wonderful portrait of you on your sidebar. I hope you and your sweet family are all well. Carol

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