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.
Haven for Butterflies
Whatever the reason most people enjoy seeing butterflies
in their gardens and would welcome more.The good news
is that it is not that difficult to add the essential
ingredients that attract lots of these beautiful creatures,
and keep them happy once they have turned up.
It is worth saying that a garden that works for butterflies
is perfect for other creatures too.Like the canary
down the mine, the presence of lots of butterflies
is often an indicator of a healthy environment. Butterfly
Every infant school pupil knows caterpillers turn
into butterflies (and moths).But most of us are often
less clued up about the details of the butterfly lifecycles.In
the late summer months buddleias and other flowering
plants are alive with the flutter of butterflies,
but within a few weeks the majority though not all
will die as winter approaches.
Others like the small tortoiseshells and red admirals,
look for a quiet dry hideaway and prepare to sleep
until spring.When warmer weather arrives they find
a mate and the female lays eggs that hatch out as
the years first brood of caterpillars.Once those caterpillars
have eatten their fill, they go through the transformation
from chrysalis stage to winged adulthood.
Some species lay a last brood of eggs in autumn which
then remain unhatched until spring.A few others survive
the cold months tucked away in chrysalis.If you are
setting out to make your garden more butterfly friendly,
it is worth thinking about different strategies for
Obviously you need to provide flowers for adult butterflies
in summer and early autumn, but just as important
is some sort of shelter during winter and somewhere
for caterpillars to live. Now for something sweet
The main priority is definitely nectar, Butterflies
will visit any garden if it has the right mix of plants.Pick
a selection from the list below.
* Flowering March to May Aubretia, Alyssum, Sweet
rocket and Forget-me-not.
* Flowering June and July Buddleia, Red Valerian and
* Flowering August to October Buddleia, Candytuff,
Sweet William, Sedum spectabile and Michaelmas daisy.
Where you position the nectar plants can make all
the difference.Butterflies are very sensitive to heat
loss and will avoid chilly winds, so a south facing
border that catches the sun but is protected from
breezes is a certain favorite.
To get the maximum value from what you plant, it is
best to put flowers together in blocks rather than
scattering individual varieties here and there.This
is because as butterflies move around an area they
are more likely to spot blocks of the colours they
are searching for. Somewhere to lay eggs
The best butterfliy garden needs to be more than a
nectar cafe.It should also provide somewhere for females
to lay their eggs and for young caterpillars to feed.Watch
a female butterfly looking for the right foliage to
lay her eggs on and you will see her briefly taste
each leaf.She is very choosy as most caterpillars
will eat only the leaves of one or two plant species.
This means that if you allocate some space to growing
the right plants you will probably end up growing
beautiful butterflies too.
Also it is worth finding some space for some plants
caterpillars love to eat.EG:the catterpillar of the
orange tip will eat honesty, while the brimstone's
caterpillar likes buckthorn leaves and the comma enjoys
munching hops.The favorite catterpillar food of the
peacocks, red admirals and tortoiseshells is the stinging
nettle. Provide a shelter
Lastly but not least catterpillars and butterflies
need shelter during the winter, it is a matter of
life or death.This doesn't mean you need to buy the
"butterfly homes" you sometime see in garden centres,
the best tactic is to be a little more relaxed about
your end of year garden clear up.
When we clear dead flower heads from borders in autumn
we often destroy chrystalises.While over grown hedges
and climbers are typically the places adult butterflies
pick to hibernate so leave the tidying up until spring.
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