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!

Beautiful Design Made Simple

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Family-friendly and beautiful design can survive in the same space. Carpet One Floor & Home shares ideas for your home that are perfect for kids, pets and the whole family. The latest issue of their free digital home décor magazine features articles such as:

Family Room Fundamentals

A family room is a space in your home where everyone in the household can gather to relax and spend some quality family time together. Creating a beautiful family room that is also welcoming and comfortable can often be a challenge. Find out what the 8 family room fundamentals are in this beautiful family room by designer Catherine-Lucie Horber.

Sani ‘N Mani Saving Tips to Deal with Our Pet Peeves

Julie Edelman, The Accidental Housewife is all about pets for this issue. Inspired by her beagle (named Bagels), Julie shares tips, tricks and sanity-saving ideas for keeping your home beautiful when there are pets running around. Get rid of the messes, odors, and shedding so you can have a child and buy a doggie too!!

Open Up: The Multi-Functional Kitchen

Kitchens aren’t just for cooking. Open concept layouts found in more and more homes are opening the kitchen up to the whole family. From a quick breakfast on the way out the door to family game night, a kitchen plays so many roles in your daily life. When you are designing, updating or redecorating a kitchen, you want to think of all the ways that the space will be used. Get inspired by beautiful kitchens like this one from Designer Kris Brigden.

Find more about these topics more by downloading the spring issue of Carpet One Floor & Home’s free digital home magazine – Beautiful Design Made Simple on your Apple or Android device.

Star Wars Crochet Kit

The Star Wars Crochet kit is about the cutest thing I have seen in a long time! It comes with everything needed to make a Yoda and a Storm Trooper. The kit has the crochet hook, yarn, and embellishments in addition to a book of patterns to make even more Star Wars amigurumi.

Star Wars Crochet Kit

So, even though I have crocheted before I did have a hard time with the patterns. If you aren’t super familiar with following crochet patterns you will likely have the same issue. It’s not that the crochet itself is hard, it’s just very helpful if you have a working knowledge of the terms.

I started on my Yoda head and undid it a few times because I wasn’t getting the same look as in the book. This isn’t to say the book is bad, in fact, it has a lot of great info and color photos to help you create your Star Wars characters. It’s just if you don’t know what things mean, it can be confusing. So I wouldn’t really say the kit is for beginners, but it could be with a bit of coaching (there are helpful tutorials on YouTube).

Overall though, this kit is darling and I am so excited to make my first amigurumi from it! The fact that it will be YODA just makes it even more awesome!

The Star Wars Crochet kit is perfect for the geek in your life, but if that isn’t your thing I did notice a lot of other really cute crochet kits available too (Disney, Frozen, Peanuts).

I received a kit for my review.