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Arianrhod 
Posted: 14-Mar-2004, 10:40 AM
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I put in a Butterfly Garden four years ago..
it is a joy! easy to keep plants..and butterflys !
All you need is a sunny quiet spot.. sheltered from wind is best ..

The only issue with some of the plants, is they can take over..
I solved this problem my planting those in ten gallon plastic buckets..
that can be found at any home improvement store..
Simply drill a few holes in the bottom and around the sides.. near the bottom,
throw in a few handfuls of pea gravel, and plant them in the bucket, then ,
plant the bucket,, works great !

Enjoy the links !


http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/.../misc/ef006.htm

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/...ut/Garden.shtml

http://www.naba.org/pubs/bgh.html

http://copland.udel.edu/~lynneb/butterfly/

http://www.butterflies.com/

http://www.paulbunyan.net/users/underhlk/b...utterflies.html

http://www.milkweedcafe.com/bflygarden.html

http://www.butterfly--garden.com/

http://www.gardens.si.edu/

These are great to start !

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Posted: 15-Mar-2004, 07:12 PM
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I luv butterflys and hummingbirds. I have bushes and flowers that attract both. It's always good to see that first hummer come in. When it does we get the feeder out and fill it up with sugar water. Seems as though they can smell that stuff from miles away. Usually the hummers start in late April and leave in late August or early Sept.

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Posted: 15-Mar-2004, 08:42 PM
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They are awesome to see!
I started to garden , just for the flowers..
Then I got a birdbath.. and feeders....
Then did the butterfly garden..

I love that my yard is a sancuatry for these wee creatures...

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Posted: 21-Jul-2004, 02:43 AM
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WOW! so many websites to visit to expand my butterfly/hummingbird garden! You are a wealth of information Arianrhod! clap.gif
I always know spring is coming and summer is here when I see the butterflies and hummingbirds! I so enjoy watching them. At the start of spring, I keep a little note pad out on my backporch and keep track of how many different species of butterflies visit my yard. I really like seeing dragonfly's too..something magical about those majestic creatures smile.gif
I really look forward to seeing the yellow finches! Just something about their 'voices' that mesmerizes me..and I have noticed that the butterflies and other creatures aren't bothered by them..I have watched the yellow finches land on the foliage of my butterfly bushes and the butterflies don't seem to mind..I have never seen a finch eat a butterfly either..I have always read and been told that birds really don't like the flavor of butterflys...too bitter...
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Posted: 21-Jul-2004, 07:10 PM
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Hi Freekenny..
Birds dont like to eat butterflys. but they will eat the babies in various stages of growth... Joe Pye weed is a great place for Butterflys to stay safe thru all the stages smile.gif

If you want the Gold Finches to stick around ..there are special feeders for them
The feeders are pretty inexpensive...
the seed on the other hand .. angel_not.gif
But I do find a bag lasts a long time ..
These charming songbirds like to eat upside down.. this keeps most of the other finches and wrens away.. altho I have a few of the red wrens that have figured it out ..
Here are some links for Goldfinch feeders.

http://www.birdfeedercentral.com/feedertyp...&OVMTC=standard

http://www.gardeners.com/Shopping/sell.asp...tCategory=17707

And one about GoldFinches ,
http://www.shawcreekbirdsupply.com/america...dfinch_info.htm

They do not migrate, but lose colour in the colder months..
I hope you get a feeder.. you will never be sorry .

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O'siyo Arianrhod,
More fantastic information!...I really thought the goldfinches leave in the winter and wasn't aware they lose their color in the colder months..I already have two finch feeders but, went to the websites you provided and ordered the Metal Thistle Haven and another Thistle Sock...I get 'tickled' watching the finches eat upside down..that is amazing! biggrin.gif Going to check into the Joe Pye weed as well..with the word 'weed' following its name I hope its not intrusive unsure.gif
Ni Ya We once again for the wonderful information!
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Posted: 22-Jul-2004, 07:01 AM
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It is my pleasure Freekenny...
I have a solution for invastive plants..
that you may want to try...
I put them in the BIG ten gallon plastic buckets ..
that you can easily get at any Home Improvement Center..
drill some holes in the bottom, and around the last few inches on the sides..
a few handfulls of pea gravel and some soil.. and plant the bucket..

This won't work for something like bambo..
but for Joe Pye or Bee Balm.. it's perfect !

Happy Planting!
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Today, counted 11 hummingbirds feeding. They are so fun to watch, very greedy and like to chase the other hummers away. Sometimes I see as many as 4 or 5 feeding at one time. Then another one flies in and they all start playing chase. Last year they left about the end of August for their flight.

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I just moved to TN and plan to plant a butterfly garden in the spring. They are so colorful. However, I might have the children do the actual planting as I suffer from black thumb disease.


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Yes, I was just there. Was told it was almost impossible to kill a bamboo, which was my latest victim. sad.gif
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O'siyo,
~ Here it is first of November and I am amazed at how well my butterfly bushes are doing! tongue.gif I thought the growth process would slow down a bit once late summer and early fall approached~ Wow, they are just beautiful~ And my morning glory's, well they are just as beautiful as they were in summer sleep.gif I can't get over how vibrant the colors in the morning glory's are! I thought cooler weather would tend to fade the color of a flower at its best in the late spring/summer~ Just going to enjoy~
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Thank you for all those links!

Do cats go for butterflys? Mine has chased them...but I never know if a cat would ever catch and eat one.
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QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 11-Nov-2004, 02:57 PM)
Thank you for all those links!

Do cats go for butterflys? Mine has chased them...but I never know if a cat would ever catch and eat one.
~Adam~ lol.gif

I'm sure if they had the opportunity, they would try to catch it. They may not eat it, but they'd enjoy the thrill of the hunt.


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QUOTE (dragonboy3611 @ 11-Nov-2004, 02:57 PM)
Thank you for all those links!

Do cats go for butterflys? Mine has chased them...but I never know if a cat would ever catch and eat one.
~Adam~ lol.gif

O'siyo dragonboy,
~ lol.gif Cats are such 'funny' little creatures and trust me, momma of 9, well 8 now sad.gif ..if it moves and a cat believes it to be a challenge they will chase it, catch it and yeppers try to eat it! tongue.gif It's their way! Beautiful isn't it!
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