Attracting butterflies to your garden

Butterflies are always a welcome guest in any garden. Luckily there are a few easy ways to help attract them! Not only is it fun to see the butterflies, but the following things are helpful to them as well.

Nectar is the most important thing you can provide to attract butterflies, though there are a few other things they like too. There are many flowers that butterflies love, both for nectar, and for laying eggs and feeding the caterpillars. Monarchs are in decline because their caterpillars eat milkweed, and sadly most gardeners don’t plant it anymore (you can find milkweed seeds here).

Butterflies also enjoy having shelter from the wind, as you can imagine they are quiet light! Luckily you can add a butterfly house to your garden. Not only will it look fun, but a butterfly might really enjoy it too!

Here is a list of flowers you can add to your garden that butterflies love. We have many of them in our garden and have seen a lot of different types of butterflies enjoying the nectar. Most of these are perennial in Utah, check your zone information if you live in a different state.

  • Butterfly bush
  • Daylily
  • Hollyhock
  • Lavender (great for bees too)
  • Lilac
  • Mallow (very prolific grower in Utah, also edible)
  • Milkweed
  • Mint
  • Pansy (annual in our climate)
  • Phlox
  • Purple coneflower (great at reseeding)
  • Shasta daisy
  • Snapdragon (annual)
  • Stonecrop (great for dry spots in the garden)
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Zinnia

It’s also nice to provide your butterflies with a butterfly bath, or puddle. Butterflies need water, just like all living creatures. They often gather in wet sand or mud, but if you don’t have an area to make a puddle for them, a butterfly bath can help while looking lovely at the same time.

butterfly bath for the garden

Hopefully you will be able to see many different butterflies in the garden throughout the spring and summer months. It is always fun to try to identify which types come, and to notice which plants they seem to like the most. I hope you will enjoy butterfly watching as much as I do!

Garden diary notebook

Every year in the garden is different. Aside from the perennials that come back each year, I also have containers that I enjoy trying new plants in. I’ve long had a goal of keeping a garden diary so I could easily look back to see each year to see what worked well and what didn’t.

Thanks to Make My Notebook I finally have one! And it couldn’t be more perfect for the task with it’s happy garden gnome on the front. What I also loved was that I could choose the background color, and what style of paper I wanted inside (plain, lined, grid, planner, or combo). For the purpose of my garden diary I wanted plain paper.

Garden gnome notebook used for a garden diary.

Using this camera I took photos of all the containers, and parts of the flower beds. The little instant photos worked so well for the task! Then I simply made notes next to the photos in the book. Here is when it helps to either have a good memory, or keep the tags on your plants.

Garden diary with mini instant photos for reference.

As you can see, there was plenty of room for the photo, and for a good description. What you don’t see in the picture is the quality of the paper. This paper is VERY nice. A notebook like this could be amazing for an artist sketch book, and so much more.

Garden diary with mini instant photos as references.

I can’t wait to add to the garden diary this fall as I replace our fading pansies with ornamental cabbages! It will be so fun to look back through the years too, and see how things changed and how they stayed the same.

I’m also excited at all the other fun options for personalized notebooks too. The process of ordering and creating the notebook just as I wanted it was easy and fun. If you need unique gift ideas be sure to check out Make My Notebook, they have a lot of options.

Disclosure: I was given a notebook from Make My Notebook in exchange for my review. As always, my opinions are my own.

The garden of weedin’

Oh it’s ugly season in the garden right now. Weeds have taken control of any spot they can. This time of the year is tricky. If you don’t make it out at the buttcrack of dawn it’s too hot to work for long. And if it’s not too hot, the monsoons will get you!

Morning glory weed

Morning glory, or bindweed, is especially a problem. Unless you are willing to use chemical weed killer it is nearly impossible to get out.

Weed filled garden.

Grass also tends to take over, despite being pulled and even sprayed, more times that I could ever count. It’s funny how well it grows where it’s not supposed to! As you can see, the grass is not alone, it brought more morning glory with it!

Luckily there are golden moments, when it’s not too hot, and not too rainy, when weeds do get pulled and things look pretty again. And besides, morning glory, although a weed, is quiet a pretty one.

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Add heart to your summer party with Heart of Haiti

Summer is here, and it’s time to move the fun outside! Welcome your guests with a beautiful handcrafted lantern to light the way. The Jonas Sunflower Metal Lantern, handmade in Haiti, is perfect for this. It’s large, beautiful, and really makes an impact.

Imagine one on every step leading in and out of your home. Imagine them as a centerpiece on your table! Or even hanging from hooks along your garden path.

lanternday

Macy’s Heart of Haiti home decor and gift line helps support an artisan and their extended family. The Heart of Haiti items are made in Croix des Bouquets by acclaimed metal artisans. Artisans forge these lanterns out of recycled oil barrels, pounding our intricate designs. See them at work below:

And oh they are so pretty! They really come alive at night when you add your favorite candle (citronella would be a great choice for outdoor parties to keep mosquitoes away). This photo doesn’t do it justice, the light creates such pretty shadows, and the metal sparkles along the edges of the design. It’s such a lovely lantern.

lanternnight

You can find Macy’s Heart of Haiti line online, and in person at a few select locations listed here: Herald Square, Brooklyn Downtown, Metro Center, State Street, Northland Center, Seattle Downtown, Portland Downtown, San Francisco Union Square, Biltmore Fashion Park, South Coast Plaza Home, Mission Valley Home, Dallas Galleria, Lenox Square Mall, Dadeland.

It always makes me happy to know that my purchases can do more than just make my home pretty, but that they can actually benefit people. Macy’s Heart of Haiti provides employment to 550 artisans, providing economic support to their 4500 extended family members and others. Next time you are looking for something new for your home, or a unique gift for a loved one, be sure to remember Macy’s Heart of Haiti line. You are sure to find something lovely while doing good in the process!

Follow them on social media and help spread the word! You can find Heart of Haiti on Facebook, here and Twitter here.

Disclosure: I received a lantern in exchange for writing and sharing about the Heart of Haiti program. As always, my opinions are my own.

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