Last week I started this gratitude miniseries with, ‘I’m Thankful for the Birds’ and some very fuzzy pictures. – I’m sorry about that, I didn’t realize the camera’s vibration reduction mode was turned off. I’d retake them if I could, but those moments and the dogwood berries are both gone. – This week the series continues with much better pictures and, ‘I’m Thankful for the Butterflies’.
Here are a few pointers on how to attract butterflies to your garden:
- Put down the pesticides; today’s caterpillars are tomorrow’s butterflies.
- Go organic.
- Give them water.
- Plant both host plants for the caterpillars and nectar plants for the butterflies. My favorite nectar plants include Stokesia, hibiscus, butterfly weed, lantana, David phlox, porter weed, salvias and zinnias.
I don’t have time to show you everything that I’m thankful for – the miniseries is only running until the new year – but you can ‘like’ my facebook page to see more pictures.
It’s a short post this week because the long post is on my blog for Alabama Gardener Magazine, where I am running a miniseries on gifts for the gardener in your life.