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Creating a Butterfly Garden

By Catmint20906
September 22, 2015

Many of us envision a peaceful paradise where butterflies float, serenely sipping nectar from the beauty we have created. For me, the reality of a butterfly garden is humming, vibrant, and thrilling beyond anything I ever could have imagined. Here are some tips for creating a butterfly garden of your own.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 21, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Well written and informative article. And we all should include butterfly habitat in our gardens. Thumbs up
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Sep 21, 2015 7:59 PM CST
Nice job Catmint!
Thanks for all the resources Green Grin!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Rita and Dirt! Much appreciated. Thank You! 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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Sep 22, 2015 4:43 PM CST
Robin, thanks for this very informative article on creating a butterfly garden, great tips, links, and plant suggestions. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Sep 22, 2015 4:52 PM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Margaret--I appreciate it! Thank You! 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: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Sep 22, 2015 6:14 PM CST
I agree !!

Excellent article, Robin! Hurray!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 22, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Fabulous links Robin! Thank you for them. I will be referring back to this article many times I'm sure.
Wonderfully written.
A nation mourns its fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And Junior? Well, Junior spies their solemn white graves from the back of his limousine, and he grieves for the inconveniences he overcame for his silver spoons. Quoth the Craven “Nevermore.” ~Walter Shaub~
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 23, 2015 4:48 AM CST
Thanks so much for your kind words, Chelle and Ann! *Blush* Thank You! 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: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Birds Dragonflies Ferns Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Sep 23, 2015 10:44 AM CST
I agree, great article and links. In my quest to add in native plants as much as possible, I'll also make note of those that attract these pretty little critters. I don't know one from the other, but do enjoy them when they show up.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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 23, 2015 11:45 AM CST
Thanks, Deb! Thank You! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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