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”


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 😉

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

4 replies
  1. Darla
    Darla says:

    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.

  2. andrea/igardendaily.com
    andrea/igardendaily.com says:

    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

  3. Carol
    Carol says:

    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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