Oh my goodness. I just finished planting the perennials in my new butterfly garden last week and already the visitors are rolling in. It’s true…plant it and they will come! If you have read a few of my posts, you will know that I am ripping out grass and putting in beds. This butterfly garden is the first bed to be planted. I have a wonderful view of it from my office, and as I sit here this morning I am feeling so grateful for birdbaths, butterfly gardens, and crisp morning air!
The garden is really humming with visitors galore! Already bees and butterflies are visiting, as well as hummingbirds and songbirds. If you have concerns about the visiting bees, I can assure you the ladies are just going about their business.
Just to give you a sense about the general layout and just a bit of background, you might want to read these posts if you haven’t already. Earlier this year I added a pergola over my office windows for some shade, added a deck entrance to my office, and converted a parking pad to a dining area in the back, finishing with a new carport/garden shed. (Of which I really haven’t shown you yet.) Additionally, I began the battle of ripping out Bermuda grass to add beds with the goal of having a lot less grass and a lot more trees, shrubs, and perennials.
The perennials for the butterfly garden were planted this fall. They should emerge in the spring with new growth and loads of flowers! I will add some caterpillar plants (larval plants) in the spring to encourage butterflies to hang around and lay their eggs. You can read more about butterfly gardens here.
The very best part of looking out the window at the new garden is watching all of the life buzzing about. But I will say that my favorite visitors right now are the birds taking their morning baths. This, my friends, is a most welcome and heartwarming reward!
I could probably watch this all day. It is a reminder of how wonderful the little things are!
Now get out there and plant a wildlife friendly garden. The reward for doing so will come back to you tenfold. And if you need some help, give me a shout.
Plant it and they will come…