Butterfly Gardens Gifts
Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational
insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.
Butterflies and butterfly designs on t-shirts, hats, mugs,
tote bags, sneakers, magnets, stickers, aprons, mouse pads,
speakers, and more.
Butterflies are colorful creatures that are special
and wonderful additions to your garden. A carefully
planned garden can attract butterflies that sip nectar
from many flowers and search for a place to lay their
larvae. Butterfly gardens are basically organic gardens
that use no chemicals. With this in mind, be sure
to create a safety zone for your butterflies. Habitual
zones and places where areas of the landscape meet
with the tree lines are favorite safe places for them.
It is also helpful to find out what kinds of butterflies
are native to your area so you can find appropriate
plants for them.
Fennel, parsley and dill are wonderful plants for
attracting Anise Swallowtail and the Black Swallowtail
butterfly. Lupine flowers are a favorite with Fritillary
butterfly and Snapdragons are a great choice of attracting
butterflies that are native to your own area. To attract
butterflies in passing, early butterfly gardens are
often sufficient; however, gardens that offer a safe
haven for them will urge the butterflies to stay longer.
Most butterflies are active in the mid to late summer,
so it is important that you also have plants available
to them during that time. You can also use a home
made feeder as a supplement the gardenís flower nectar.
To make a home made feeder from a small jar, drill
a small hole in the middle of the lid and plug the
hole with cotton. Next fill the jar with a solution
of nine parts water and one part sugar, attach brightly
colored fabric petals to the lid and hang your feeder
in a tree near your garden.
Butterflies are attracted to gardens that will provide
adequate food for both them and their offspring. While
young caterpillars eat from the plants, adult butterflies
sip nectar from the flowers. As your plants grow and
mature, the number of butterflies will also increase.
They also search for areas that can shelter them from
high winds, summer storms and rains. Shrubs and trees
are good choices for plants that will provide them
protective shelter. The wide open areas of the garden
are also desired on normal warm and sunny summertime
weather. To find water, butterflies often seek soft,
sandy ,soil; especially when the soil allows water
to puddle up after a rainstorm. Unlike birds, butterflies
are unable to drink from birdbaths and other sources
of open water. Flat rocks are helpful to butterflies
so they can stretch out in the sun and absorb much
needed heat that makes it possible for them to fly.
If the plants in your garden appeal to butterflies,
you will attract them. The ideal place for butterflies
would be a place for them to sip nectar, hibernate
and lay eggs, as well as plants where the larvae and
caterpillars can feed off of.
Seeing your landscape come alive with butterflies
is a beautiful thing to see. Now you can sit back
and watch these wonderful creatures grow and thrive
in your own back yard this summer.
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