Bee and Butterfly Puddles: Water sources for the butterflies

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Bee and Butterfly Puddles

By Catmint20906
September 4, 2014

Bees and butterflies need water, too, but most birdbaths are too deep for them. Here's an idea for a safe place in your garden for them to drink.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 3, 2014 6:30 PM CST
I'm going to do it!
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 3, 2014 6:38 PM CST
Hurray!
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Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Sep 3, 2014 7:31 PM CST
Hurray!

Thanks for the reminder!
Now that I have my automatic watering system in place I can get it misted every day (so I stop forgetting and letting it go bone dry!)

At my current house it is most popular with the bees and mud-dauber wasps! (set up one separate just for the mud-daubers filled with good wet soil after they stole half my emergent pond plants soil! the bees like the clean sand)

And a tip I had heard for butterflies is to add some salt (non-iodized sea salt) as the males need it (salt and minerals), its fairly hard to (normally) find in nature (not so much now that our roads are covered in salt each winter...but still worth a try)

I tip my hat to you.
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Sep 4, 2014 7:06 AM CST
I need to do this again. I buy clay saucers - the kind that go under clay pots and use them. I get the ones that have been glazed, so the clay doesn't soak up all the moisture. When I did this in the past. I "buried" the saucer (to make it level with the ground) near my butterfly bushes so it was easier for them to find.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 4, 2014 1:29 PM CST
I did it!

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I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Sep 4, 2014 2:17 PM CST
nice! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 4, 2014 3:56 PM CST
That is a beautiful one, Ann! Bet they love sunning themselves on the rocks in between sips of water!! :-)
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 4, 2014 5:07 PM CST
Just did it this afternoon so no one has used it yet.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 4, 2014 5:58 PM CST
Bet they *will* love it! Smiling
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
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fiwit
Sep 4, 2014 7:47 PM CST
Catmint20906 said:Bet they *will* love it! Smiling


I agree
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 4, 2014 8:07 PM CST
I'm counting on it. It's on the table within 3' of a potted blue salvia & a potted red salvia. I may have to use a different saucer. This is one that was handy & is clay, not glazed. Today I had to put water in it 3 times & that was after I made it @ 2pm. So I may need to do a plastic saucer instead.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Sep 6, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Cat, this is a great idea, I am going to set one up today. Thumbs up
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Sep 6, 2014 10:47 AM CST
Hurray! hope you enjoy it!
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― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Sep 6, 2014 8:38 PM CST
I'd love to set one up close to my butterfly bush but my dog would drink the water....he already drains my birdbath every chance he gets!! Grumbling : lol:
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 6, 2014 8:40 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Sep 6, 2014 8:44 PM CST
klc said:I'd love to set one up close to my butterfly bush but my dog would drink the water....he already drains my birdbath every chance he gets!! Grumbling : lol:


Kim, there's an easy work-around to that... fill the saucer with sand/pea-gravel and just keep it moist. The butterflies can get what they need, but there's no water for the dog to lap up Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 7, 2014 5:48 AM CST
Hilarious!
Good tip, Mary! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Sep 7, 2014 8:42 AM CST
thanks Thank You!
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 7, 2014 10:22 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Sep 7, 2014 4:36 PM CST
Great idea. I'm going to try it, too.
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