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This is the type of news article I like to see … positive and helpful to our world: Michigan park plants 400k milkweed seeds to help Monarchs

When planting a butterfly garden it’s important to have both host and nectar plants. A “host” is the plant caterpillars eat, and “nectar” is the plant butterflies get nectar from. Milkweed is one of the few plants that is both a host and nectar plant.

In the New Orleans area we have some butterflies who don’t migrate during the winter. That’s why we should plan our butterfly garden to have nectar plants growing and blooming year round. On my little balcony I have Sweet Almond Bush, Aloysia virgata,

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Gulf fritillary on sweet almond bush

and Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritima,

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Foxglove and Sweet Alyssum

both of which bloom through the winter and provide nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Plus their blooms are very fragrant, and that makes me very happy.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

             Jeanni and Gibbs

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