Make a Butterfly Garden,

 

                                            †††††††††††††††††††† No matter where you live, short of the artic circle,

                                                                          

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† it is possible to have a garden that both you and your guests

 

                                              ††††††††† will  enjoy. Regional conditions of climate, geology, and        

 

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† architectural  heritage exerts varying degrees of influence

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† on just what style of

 

garden you design. Ample sunshine is the foremost consideration. Butterfly avoid shady areas.

 

Ideally, your garden should have a southern exposure. Butterflies use early morning sunlight for

 

basking on sun-warmed rocks, bricks or gravel paths. As morning temperature rise, they begin

 

visiting their favorite nectar flowers, but always in sunlit areas of the garden. They prefer

 

gardens that are sheltered from prevailing winds. If yours is  not, consider planting

 

a windscreen of lilac, mocks orange, butterfly bush

 

all shrubs whose flowers are rich in nectar. A butterfly

 

†gardenís is not important as itís content. It should offer

 

†nectar flowers throughout the growing season.

 

 Luckily, many of our most loved annuals and perennials

 

are top-notch nectar sources.  Butterfly seem especially attracted to gardens boasting generous

 

†patches of a given nectar flower. If your plants red valerian, donít settle for one or two specimens.

 

Try growing  three or four†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† patches of this especially popular

 

nectar flower, and watch the swallowtails drift from clump to clump. You may want to start from

 

scratch and populate an entire††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† garden solely

 

with nectar plants however                                                  remember that a given flower that

 

attracts butterflies in one†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† area may    not necessarily prove a favorite with

 

differing species of††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† butterflies in an other. Experiment and

 

learn which flower your local†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† butterflies prefer.

 

 

                                     

                           ** watch butterflies in nearby areas to see which flowers they prefer

 

                           ** position plants in a sunny place, sheltered from wind

 

                           ** grow large clumps of the most favored species

 

                           ** try to maintain diversity in height, color and blooming periods

 

                           ** avoids or limit your use of pesticides

 

                           ** provide a mud puddle in a sunny spot

 

                           ** grow larval plants for butterflies that appear in your garden

 

                           ** try some plants in containers for increased flexibility

 

                           ** leave some undisturbed corners for weedy larval and nectar

    

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