Entries Tagged as 'Butterfly'

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Monarch X-ING

TheGardenLady has written before about the disappearance of the Monarch butterfly. There was not one Monarch in my garden last summer. And TheGardenLady has written about the need to raise plants in your garden that will feed Monarch butterflies if they come to your area. Special plants are needed for Monarchs to feed and breed. On this […]

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Siproeta epaphus

TheGardenLady received this question from Michael. I’m not seeing a black monarch. It’s a butterfly with black wings and orange tips. What is it? We readers of TheGardenLady column also wish you had sent a photo of the butterfly with black wings and orange tips. Or perhaps you could tell us the area of the […]

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

How to Make a Butterfly Garden

Have you ever wanted to make your own butterfly garden, but didn’t know where to start? Or had so much trouble finding plant information for your region that it just didn’t seem worth it? What’s the difference between nectar flowers and host plants? What is a “butterfly puddle” and why do you need it? Is […]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Butterflies Need YOUR Help

Everyone knows about the plight of butterflies, especially the Monarch butterfly. Did you know that the Monarch butterfly population has dwindled by over 90%? How would you like to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly by Becoming a Butterfly Hero? By pledging to be a butterfly hero, you could win a trip for 4 to Disney […]

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

How To Control Pests – Part III

This post is the third in a series of posts on the control of pests. The third question a gardener has to ask is “Will the pests spread to other plants?” Knowing about  the pest that is affecting your plant is important so that you can know enough to outsmart the insect with the minimum […]

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Happy International Day of Happiness

monarch on asclepias, 7 Aug 2012 by mmwm Today is the International Day of Happiness. The UN designation of The International Day of Happiness is for Wed., March 20th, which is also the first day of spring this year. Let us celebrate !!!! (see here) What can make one happier than planning your garden if […]

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Butterflies in the TheGardenLady’s garden and in Cape May

  ThisGardenLady was just out raking leaves- not the first time this summer. (In another post, I will write more about the trees on my property that make raking a year round endeavor). Just as I was about to start cursing the trees, what looked like a fresh young Monarch butterfly flitted around in front […]

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Bad News for Butterflies

Butterfly by www.frontendeveloper.com The news about butterflies is not good. In 2011 the BBC reported that 72% of the butterfly species population in the UK were in decline (see here). The report is in that about 10 percent of all species are now threatened with extinction in Europe (see here) and a lot of this […]

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Trees that Encourage Butterflies and Moths to Breed

Monarchs in the eucalyptus trees by Images by John ‘K’ Do you want to encourage more butterflies and moths to your garden? One generally thinks of planting shrubs and perennial flowers in the garden for the butterflies and moths. However you must consider that some of these butterflies and moths need trees. Some butterflies or […]

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Butterflies in High Line Park

Butterfly on a yellow flower by tanakawho Whenever I see a butterfly, I get so excited, I am like a child. What is the wonder of butterflies that make them so magical?  Bear with TheGardenLady as I share a favorite poem or skip to the bottom to read about Manhattan’s newest park. “To A Butterfly” […]