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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Butterfly Plant Ideas from McCronin's Garden
just noticed that I failed to respond to your question.
This and one other butterfly bush near the top of our sloped garden are the favorites. We have 60 butterfly bushes, about 15 harlequin glory bower trees, 7 large beds of mexican sunflowers, 7 large beds of zinnias, hundreds of purple coneflowers, about 30 huge cup plants, many brazilian verbena and homestead purple verbena and verbena hastata and hundreds of other butterfly nectar and host plants.
The butterlies visit most of these plants but not in the numbers you saw on the video. The most butterflies I've counted on any of my 10-minute walks through our one-acre butterfly sanctuary this year has been 135.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Recipes & Suggestions for Butterfly Puddling
From Univ. of Kentucky Article:
When butterflies get too
hot, they head for shade, close
their wings, and orient themselves
parallel to the sun’s
rays, or they seek cool areas
like a moist sand “puddle.” As
a gardener, you can develop
shady areas with a salt/sand
he males of some
species will congregate at
shallow puddles or damp mud,
sipping water to obtain minerals
such as salt, which is
thought to be important for successful reproduction. You can
create a simple “mineral spa” in your backyard by installing a
water dripper over an area of bare sand, soil, or gravel in the
Adding stale beer, salt, manure, or rotting fruit to this
area will make it even more attractive to butterflies.