Monday, September 08, 2008

Gardening For Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Songbirds

I recently read an article about the shortage of butterflies and hummingbirds in all the sections of the US. Now I can't speak for anyone place except Sage Hill Farms.
But, we certainly have not, a shortage. In fact just the opposite is true for us. The gardens, especially the herbs beds have been littered with all kinds of butterflies. BlackswallowTail, White Cabbage, Silvery Checkerspot, Orange Sulphur, Painted Lady, ( I've seen only 2 of these)and a few I haven't identified.

The hummingbirds are also plentiful. They are so small unless one is poised and watching carefully, they will come and go without being detected.

A few tips on what plants to grow for the attraction of butterflies and other beautiful creatures.

Hackberry trees, sunflowers, azalea, clover, alfalfa, thistle, daisy, spicebush, sassafras, and in the herb gardens, parsley, dill, and fennel.

Milkweed will draw the beautiful Monarch when it is migrating.

BlackEyed Susans will bring an abundance of butterflies of many species while keeping the ants away.

Perhaps, if you aren't seeing butterflies in your gardens, you may need to rethink what you are growing. After all, they visit our gardens to feast, the show they present is a bonus indeed.

To your Spiritual September~

Bea Kunz

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