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Monarch caterpillars

Monarch caterpillar munching away on what’s left of that clump of milkweed in my garden. Good thing I have more milkweed in other parts of the garden!

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For Monarchs to feel welcomed in your garden you’ll need Milkweed, which is a host plant for the caterpillar, and nectar plants for the butterflies. Milkweed is one of the few dual host /nectar plants for Monarchs. Other great nectar plants are coneflower, rudbeckia, bee balm, cosmos, duranta, liatris, butterfly bush, firebush, porterweed, Mexican bush sage, tall red pentas, Verbena bonariensis, lantana, zinnia, bronze fennel, passionflower, and common rue, among others.

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Want to add a butterfly garden but aren’t sure how to do it? Well, I can help you with that because butterfly and hummingbird gardens are one of my specialties! Go ahead ..  pick up that phone and give me call to set up an appointment. The butterflies will thank you.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Butterfly Garden

I am so extremely excited!  Why, you ask?  Well, the City of Lake Helen has asked me to design a Butterfly Garden to be installed on the grounds of our historic and beautiful City Hall.  How cool is that!  The Garden is in honor of Mr. Don Findell who was our City Administrator for twelve years before retiring this year.  Mr. Findell is a huge fan of nature, so the City feels the Garden is a very appropriate way to recognize his service and also be a relaxing, enjoyable place for the people of Lake Helen to enjoy.

Look for future posts on the design and installation process.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs