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Blooms Bring Butterflies …

The tropical milkweed in my garden are blooming! Have you ever looked up close at a milkweed flower? They’re rather pretty.

Tropical Milkweed

I’ve noticed an increase in butterfly activity in the garden since the milkweed blooms began. There aren’t too many things to me more relaxing than watching the butterflies flit from flower to flower.

R&G has tropical milkweed for sale in the Neighborhood Garden Boutique for only $4/1-gallon size. For more information on tropical milkweed and to order, go here: “Tropical Milkweed”.  They aren’t listed yet, but I can also get many varieties of our native milkweed. Just let me know what you’re looking for!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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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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Monarchs!

Monarch butterflies … they are on the way back north after their winter layover in warmer climates!

Did you know you can help scientists track where the Monarchs go and when they start showing up? Yep, you can. How cool is that! And how much fun and educational would it be to do that with kids either at home or at school. Here’s the link, Monarch Butterfly Migration, that takes you to Journey North’s website to learn more.

Anything we can do to help the Monarchs stay strong is wonderful.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs