“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.”

The sky is that beautiful deep blue that takes your breath away. A few, small wispy clouds are close to the horizon. The breeze is slight enough to keep the day warmer than it’s been. More flowers have appeared in the front garden, and I stop to look every time I’m out there. They make me realize how close I am to the time for my many visits to the gardening shop. Today I need dog food at Agway so I’ll also probably stroll through the flowers they have outside. This time of year they are hardy sorts.

I went to a lecture about butterflies the other day. It was about the Long Meadow Pasture Butterfly Mosaic Trail, an Audubon site not far from here. The slides were wonderful. I learned all about the host plants for local butterflies. Now I want to try and find some to plant so the butterflies have places to lay their eggs. I never heard of most of the plants and the lecturer said they had to order many on line when they planted the trail. I have to decide which butterflies I want to attract then get my fingers busy. The only host plant I already have is the violet which attracts the Silver-Bordered Fritillary and the Great Spangled Fritillary.

When I was a kid, the field below my house was filled with milkweed, and I remember the butterflies flitting all through that field. I didn’t know until much later they were Monarchs who lay their eggs on milkweed. I haven’t seen milkweed growing anywhere around here in the same numbers I used to see them when I was a kid so I guess I’ll have to help.

Soon enough I’ll be putting out my hummingbird and Baltimore Oriole Feeders. I was thrilled last year at the numbers of each I saw off the deck as well as the other birds, my old friends, who stay around all year. Later this afternoon I have to refill the feeders. So many birds drop by that the feeders empty in only a couple of days.

Gracie and I have a dump run this afternoon, about the only excitement for the day.

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8 Comments on ““Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It has been as cloudy and foggy here today as it was yesterday and some rain too. Almost as warm as well so It´s been a rather nice day after all.

    Over here both nettles and thistles are food for butterfly larvae’s as well as for the butterflies themselves. But if You want a plant that really attracts butterflies buy any kind of Buddleja (also called summer lilacs according to Wikipedia). Butterflies loves them! Buddleja Davidii is a bush that should be cut down every spring so it doesn´t become to big and it flowers better too.

    No Orioles or hummingbirds over here and soon they stop selling seeds for the birds. So I´ll buy some extra packages that I can use during summer.

    Have a great day now!

    • katry Says:

      Today got chillier in the afternoon when the sun disappeared, but i was glad at least part of it felt warm.

      I have to check to see if the local butterflies like Buddleja. I do love lilacs! I know nettles was listed for some.

      I buy seeds all year, got some today. People just like to attract birds to the yard. They are so much fun to watch.

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    I got sold 10 years ago on a ground cover plant similar to what you see on major highways. Why they never grew, spread as the nursery guy told me, I guess I’ll never know. But every year we keep looking to see any signs of our ground cover. Put in over 10,000 seeds. Please don’t do the same for your butterflies.

    • katry Says:

      I remember my mother’s first trip to New Mexico. Every summer she planted Black-eyed Susans, and they never seem to take. In New Mexico they grow wild along the road, and she was indignant.

      I have a specicif list of what needs to be planted-finding them will be the problem.

  3. s Says:

    We’ve planted a nice butterfly/hummingbird garden here right outside of my office window in Tucson – all native plants.

    We’ve had hummingbirds all “winter” – I even brought in their feeder and defrosted it the one day it got cold enough to freeze it.


    • katry Says:

      I wish we had hummingbirds all year. Usually I have titmice, nuthatches and chickadees. This year I also had goldfinches. They aren’t usually here all winter.

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    “Baltimore Oriole Feeders”
    … soggy hot dogs and weak beer?


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