Monday, August 4, 2008

Butterflies at the Zoo

This past weekend we went to the local zoo and walked through a butterfly exhibit. The lush plants and colorful butterflies were inspiring. "Wouldn't it be great to have a back yard like this?", I thought. Which got me thinking...I think there is certain vegetation you can plant to attract butterflies. Maybe this is something to research for next year's plantings!

The butterfly exhibit was a real treat to share with our kids. I like the fact that they got a little closer to nature (in the city).

One other thought about plants that attract butterflies. Do these same plants attract bees? In droves? Probably. I saw our neighbor the other morning, wearing what looked like a bee-keeper outfit, tending to her HUGE front yard flower garden. Getting stung is not my thing. I definitely need to do some research.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Visit a nursery like Bachmans, Linders, etc and they should have a magazine type booklet on perennials-all the ones that are zoned for our area. It has pictures of hundreds of perennials, and notes whether it attracts butterflies, how much sun, how often it flowers, etc. Yes, the ones that attract butterflies tend to attract bees, but (at least in my perennial garden) they are the slow moving, non-aggressive bumblebee kind of bee...not the mean waspy buggers.

The butterfly attracting plants I've got in my garden (which means they are low-maintenance/easy to grow!) are: Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta), Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)
,'Sundown' Orange Coneflower, Lavender 'Blue Cushion' (Although this tends to take over-and attracts LOTS of bees). I want to get some Heliopsis 'Summer Sun'. Have fun looking into what you like-its not as hard as you might think! (Way easier than growing veggies, I think!)