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