Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday Morning

Good morning to you all. It is a cool rainy day today, so I'll be staying inside. If we get severe storms, I'll be shutting down my computer and living with just the radio for a while.

There has been a lot of talk on a gardening forum I visit about butterfly/hummingbird gardens. Do any of you have one? I recently ordered a book from Amazon called The Butterfly Garden, by Matthew Tekulsky. It is an older book, but seems very informative. It includes sections on what plants to put in your garden, how to build butterfly hibernation boxes so the butterflies will remain in your garden through the cold months and how to actually raise them yourself.

The book does stress that butterfly 'food' varies from region to region according to what grows in your area, so you should check with your local gardening club or nursery for any local information.

I think that instead of raising them, I prefer to just have plants that attract them to visit my garden, as apparently, many species of birds are the enemy of butterflies. I'd like to keep birds coming to my garden, too.

I've noticed that the hummingbirds have already returned to our area. We are in for some cold this weekend, so I hope they know how to hide and keep warm.

All of you have a great weekend--and stay warm if you live in any still snowy areas!


"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24


  1. Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully this so-called "nor easter" will miss us!! Last summer was exceptional at my place for butterflies, and I have no clue why!! LOL It was fun for all of us though. BTW, I love that bowl your nanners are in in the previous post!!

  2. Oh, how sad the weather - I do hope this it clears soon for you - especially as it is the weekend.

    I too luv butterflies and in my late mother's garden - they appeared to luv popping-in due to the wide variety of plants.

    Please enlighten us further when you receive this book - I am eager to find out more.



  3. We had a very snowy day yesterday. Enough already! Supposed to get a big strom Sunday into Monday. Let's hope this time it's rain. Have a great weekend.

  4. RM,
    I just posted a picture of Jack And Dave looking for spring again. Not today anyway, cold and windy windy.
    About all I know about butterflies is that they love bright colors, so don't plant black flowers. I think some years there seem to be more butterflies then usual, not sure why that is either. Maybe I should be the one reading the book.
    The total of my Grandma's grocery list for the year 1914 was 16 items for 1.89. Isn't that something?

  5. I love hummingbirds and from what I've noticed if they are around you can just bet butterflies will be too!

  6. Wow, you have hummers already? Not here, too cold again! I always plants flowers that keep the butterflys and hummers around all summer, just love them! Plant some rue for the monarchs to lay their eggs on, they come here every year for my rue!

  7. I love butterflies. I have a photo of one I took last year. It's on my blog somewhere, lol. Such nice gifts from Claudia. We're still experiencing very cool weather. Spring kinda just was here and then gone again.