I just had the coolest thing happen to me this week. I have a membership to a website on gardening123, they have a place where you can send in photos ....so I did in October 2006...among other times before and since. Well anyway, I got an e-mail asking if they could use my butterfly photo with an article they are posting on Monday March 19th. I just that was really cool....and it was a real surprise.
The following is the article and My photo to be posted on gardening123 Monday this week.....
Swallowtail butterflies love zinnias. Photo by Charlotte Horsfield.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A butterfly garden is simply one that encourages butterflies to visit in summer by providing the basics those "fluttering flowers
"The only problem in planning one is the fact that different butterfly species prefer different flowers
as food," said Ward Upham, horticulturist with Kansas State University Research and Extension.
Gardeners who hope to attract a certain species usually have to do some study on the Web or in the library to learn the best plants
to try. They may end up having to experiment a bit, too, Upham said.
Following the rules below, however, can help lure butterflies to any yard:plant
groups of the same plant
variety together. Detecting a single plant
is hard for butterflies.
Choose a variety of plants
with bloom times that vary by time of day, as well as time of year.
Remember butterflies are cold-blooded. Plan for open areas where they can sun themselves on cool days and shaded zones
where they can cool off when the sun is intense.
Upham recommends a simple way for gardeners to maintain a butterfly water supply, without creating a mosquito breeding site: Fill a bucket with gravel and bury it to the rim. As needed, add enough water, sugar water or sweet drinks so that butterflies can land on the gravel, yet also reach the liquid.
"If you´re not fussy about the species who visit, you can just aim for variety or plan your plantings from the lists of known butterfly favorites," the horticulturist added. Those favorites include:
Annuals - ageratum, cosmos, French marigold, petunia, verbena and zinnia.
Early-blooming perennials and shrubs - allium, chive, forget-me-not and lilac
Mid-season perennials and shrubs - bee balm, butterfly bush, black-eyed Susan, buttonbush, butterfly weed
, daisy, daylily, gaillardia, lavender, lily
, mint, phlox, privet, sunflower and veronica.
Later bloomers - aster, glossy abelia, and sedum.