In parts of the world, it is now spring and gardens are growing. Butterflies are flying, laying eggs, caterpillars are eating, and warm weather is the new normal.
We’ve weeded most of our garden and mulch was spread Saturday. Although there isn’t much bloom yet, there is enough for butterflies to enjoy the garden. Quite a bit of the garden still needs to be weeded.
(All photos are from previous years.)
We fenced in the garden, 150’x150′, with 7′ tall fencing because of deer. They eat so many of our plants. In the garden we grow fruit trees, vegetables, but primarily butterfly host and nectar plants.
I haven’t seen a hummingbird yet but I did hear one as I worked near the flowering bottlebrush shrubs. We normally have hummingbirds in the garden every day, enjoying some of the same nectar plants that long-proboscis butterflies enjoy.
Eggs and/or caterpillars are beginning to appear on our property:
- Cloudless sulphur on cassia
- Spicebush swallowtail eggs on camphor tree
- Gulf fritillary eggs and caterpillars on passion vine, both maypop and Lady Margaret
- Red admiral eggs and caterpillars on pellitory
- American lady caterpillars in cudweed, which we specifically leave growing in the garden when it appears
- Pipevine eggs on the tiny native Virginia snakeroot
- Giant swallowtail eggs on Hercules’ club
This year we’re planting even more passion vine, more pipevine, more hollyhock (for tropical checkered white butterflies), and of course, more milkweed. We haven’t had monarch eggs or caterpillars in the garden yet.
Now that it is spring, what are your plans for this year’s butterfly garden? Please let us know in the comments below.