The vast majority of people, as far as I know, find
beautiful flowers to have a certain aesthetic value.
I personally find it very enjoyable to just sit and
watch the flowers grow in a stunning garden. The only
unexciting thing about watching a garden, which is
perhaps what may be the very detail which I find so
relaxing, is the monotony of the whole thing. There
is really no action; but then again, when you are
trying to relax, who wants action? The ideal garden
would be a beautiful garden with just enough action
on which to focus, but without enough action to eliminate
the relaxing element of this non-activity. This is
where the butterfly garden comes into play.
I would guess that anyone who enjoys looking at a
garden also enjoys watching butterflies go about their
tasks in a garden just as much, if not more. Butterflies
are beautiful, harmless, and add a certain happy and
lively look to just about any garden. The only thing
stopping anyone from turning his or her garden into
a butterfly garden is probably the fact that he or
she does not know how to do it. Well, my friends,
it is easier than you probably would have thought.
The first thing to consider is where to start your
garden if you do not already have an existing garden.
It is best to start your butterfly garden in a place
that already has flowers, since the other flowers
will help the butterflies find your butterfly haven.
If, however, your butterfly garden is the most beautiful
garden in the world, but it is in the middle of a
huge grassy field, there will be no reason for any
butterflies to be in the neighborhood, and will therefore
not be able to find your garden. Therefore, it is
always best to start your butterfly garden in a place
where there are flowers already.
A butterfly garden should consist of a number of plants
and flowers that attract butterflies. These plants
and flowers should be a variety of colors and sizes.
Lilacs and the like are good for attracting butterflies.
The flowers should be colorful, bright, and fragrant
and should, if possible, contain some sort of food
for the butterflies. These kinds of flowers will help
attract the butterflies and give them a reason to
call your garden home. Butterfly Milkweed is great
for attracting butterflies, since it has bright orange
flowers, but more importantly, since it will provide
food for the caterpillars. If there are no caterpillars,
there will be no butterflies, so keeping the caterpillars
happy is a good thing. You can ask a local gardener
or check out research online which flowers that attract
butterflies will thrive in your particular climate.
Ideally, your butterfly garden will have the ability
to bloom all season long. There are many flowers and
plants which will provide food for the butterflies
and caterpillars throughout the spring, summer, and
fall. For these too, you should either research or
check with a local landscaper to see which flowers
will blossom in the different seasons in your particular
Your butterfly garden will need some sort of butterfly
shelter and resting place for your winged friends.
This should be a place where the butterflies and caterpillars
will be able to rest and stay safe when the rain and
cold come. There should be some flat rocks in your
garden also where the butterflies can soak up the
sun. It would really be perfection if the rocks had
small indentations or craters in them where water
could gather, thereby giving the butterflies a place
to drink. You should also have a small log pile where
the butterflies could go for shelter.
There are butterfly shelters that you could buy from
a store, but I would recommend against these butterfly
shelters. The reason is simply that the butterfly
shelter will probably become a wasp shelter before
long, which will only give the butterflies reason
to stay away. Nobody wants to mess with a wasp.
The last and most important thing you will need to
complete your butterfly garden is a good comfortable
place for you to sit down and watch your butterfly
garden "in action." After all the hard work that you
put into it, you certainly want the butterflies to
enjoy the haven that you have created for them, but
you clearly also want to be able to enjoy it yourself.
After all, let's be honest about it, you may love
butterflies, but the reason for your butterfly garden
is for you to be able to enjoy it.
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