Wednesday, 18 February 2009

A butterfly garden....

An altered photo...
Print choosen picture onto photo paper (cheap pound stores are great for photo paper)
Spray water onto photo and let dry
you can rub /scrape/paint areas to distress
I used a dotting tool to scrape wording above doors: past present and future -
kept dipping dotting tool into water for each letter to define
I then decoupaged a lady from newspaper and added wings - using golden gel medium.
I am using this for la belle fleur diary
I want to create a sacred space in my garden and there has to be butterflies that frequent -
so below I want to share with you the butterfly garden:
Britain has over 50 varieties of butterflies but unfortunately
these pretty creatures are becoming rare.
You don't need a lot of space in your garden, but with a little bit of knowledge and this list of plants you could turn your garden into a butterfly paradise.
Provide the butterflies with warmth (a sunny spot), shelter (shrubs and trees) and nectar and butterflies will start to use your garden to feed and maybe even breed.

Aubretia, Aubrieta 'Doctor Mules'; a carpet-forming plant that produces rich violet or blue flowers in May and June.

Sweet rocket, Hesperis matronalis; deliciously scented plant that produces white, violet or purple flowers from May to August.

Red valerian, Centranthus ruber; a cottage garden plant that produces clusters of red flowers from mid-summer through to autumn. Great for dry soil.

Lavender, Lavandula; a familiar garden favourite, producing white, pink, blue or purple aromatic flowers during the summer months. Flowers and foliage are used for making pot-pourri.

Honesty, Lunaria annua; a tall plant with heart-shaped leaves and sweet-smelling pink or violet-purple flowers from April to June.

Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum; a plant that produces spiny flower-heads of pinkish purple from mid- to late summer.

Small scabious, Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'; a long-flowering plant that produces lavender-blue flowers from late spring well into autumn.

Butterfly bush, Buddleja davidii; this plant produces cone-shaped clusters of tiny flowers in either purple, white, pink, or red. Irresistible to butterflies!

Golden rod, Solidago 'Goldenmosa'; a clump-forming border plant that produces feathery, golden flower-heads in late summer and early autumn.

Ivy, Hedera helix; an evergreen climbing vine that will provide winter nectar for the few remaining butterflies in your garden.
The Butterfly Website
is the world's oldest and largest website dedicated to butterflies and moths.
Butterfly gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies today. What could bring more joy than a beautiful butterfly fluttering around your garden?! Here are some tips to make your garden especially butterfly-friendly.
Your first step should be to find out which butterflies are in your area. You can do this by spending some time outdoors with your field guide to see which species are around.
Plant your butterfly garden in a sunny location (5-6 hours each day), but sheltered from the winds. Butterflies need the sun to warm themselves, but they won't want to feed in an area where they are constantly fighting the wind to stay on the plants.
It is also a good idea to place a few flat stones in your sunny location so the butterflies can take a break while warming up.
Butterflies need water just like we do. Keep a mud puddle damp in a sunny location, or fill a bucket with sand and enough water to make the sand moist.

Information about the 58 resident butterfly species in the UK
Butterflies use two different types of plants - those that provide nectar for the adults to eat (nectar plant), and those that provide food for their offspring (host plant).
It is best to find out which plant species are native to your area and plant those rather than exotic species.

Below a list of the more common butterflies with their host / nectar plants.


American Painted Lady
Everlasting, Daisy, Burdock
Aster, Dogbane, Goldenrod, Mallow, Privet, Vetch
American Snout
Aster, Dogbane, Dogwood, Goldenrod, Pepperbush
Anise Swallowtail
Queen Anne's Lace
Buddleia, Joe Pye Weed
Baltimore Checkerspot
Turtlehead, False Foxglove, Plantain
Milkweed, Viburnum, Wild Rose
Black Swallowtail
Parsley, Dill, Fennel
Aster, Buddleia, Joe Pye Weed, Alfalfa
Clouded Sulphur
Goldenrod, Grape Hyacinth, Marigold
Cloudless Sulphur
Cassia, Apple, Clover
Zinnia, Butterfly Bush, Cosmos, Cushion Mum
Elm, Hops, Nettle
Butterfly Bush, Dandelion
Common Buckeye
Snapdragon, Loosestrife
Common Checkered Skipper
Shepherd's needles, Fleabane, Aster, Red Clover
Common Sulphur
Aster, Dogbane, Goldenrod
Common Wood-nymph
Purpletop Grass
Purple Coneflower
Eastern Pygmy Blue
Salt Bush
Eastern Tailed Blue
Clover, Peas
Falcate Orangetip
Rock Cress, Mustard
Mustard, Strawberry, Chickweed, Violet
Giant Swallowtail
Joe Pye Weed, Buddleia
Gorgone Checkerspot
Sunflower, Goldenrod
Gray Hairstreak
Mallow/Hollyhock, Clover, Alfalfa
Thistle, Ice Plant
Great Spangled Fritillary
Thiste, Black-eyed Susan, Milkweed, Ironweed
Greater Fritillary
Joe Pye Weed
Gulf Fritillary
Pentas, Passion-vine
Joe Pye Weed
Hackberry Emperor
Sap, Rotting fruit, Dung, Carrion
Little Glassywing
Purpletop Grass
Dogbane, Zinnia
Little Yellow
Cassia, Clover
Dogbane, Buddleia
Mourning Cloak
Willow, Elm, Poplar, Birch, Nettle, Wild Rose
Butterfly Bush, Milkweed, Shasta Daisy, Dogbane
Orange Sulphur
Vetch. Alfalfa, Clover
Alfalfa, Aster, Clover, Verbena
Orange-barred Sulphur
Many plants
Painted Lady
Thistle, Daisy, Mallow/Hollyhock, Burdock
Aster, Zinnia
Pearl Crescent
Pipevine Swallowtail
Dutchman's Pipe, Pipevine
Polydamus Swallowtail
Milkweed, Beggar-tick, Daisy
Question Mark
Hackberry, Elm, Nettle, Basswood
Aster, Milkweed, Sweet Pepperbush
Red Admiral
Stonecrop, Clover, Aster, Dandelion, Goldenrod, Mallow
Red-spotted Purple
Black Cherry, Willow, Poplar
Privet, Poplar
Silver-spotted Skipper
Black Locust, Wisteria
Dogbane, Privet, Clover, Thistle, Winter Cress
Silvery Checkerspot
Cosmos, Blanket Flower, Marigold, Phlox, Zinnia
Sleepy Orange
Cassia, Clover
Blue Porter, Beggar Tick, Aster
Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush, Sassafras
Dogbane, Joe Pye Weed, Buddleia
Spring Azure
Dogwood, Viburnum, Blueberry, Spirea, Apple
Blackberry, Cherry, Dogwood, Forget-me-not, Holly
Tawny Emperor
Tree sap, Rotting fruit, Dung, Carrion
Tiger Swallowtail
Black Cherry, Birch, Poplar, Willow
Joe Pye Weed, Buddleia
Variegated Fritillary
Violet, Passion Vine
Joe Pye Weed
Willow, Poplar, Fruit Trees
Thistle, Beggar-tick, Goldenrod, Milkweed
Western Tailed Blue
Clover, Peas
White Admiral
Birch, Willow, Poplar, Honeysuckle
Aphid Honeydew, Bramble Blossom
Zabulon Skipper
Purpletop Grass
Blackberry, Vetch, Milkweed, Buttonbush,Thistle
Zebra Longwing
Verbena, Lantana, Shepard's Needle
Zebra Swallowtail
Dogbane, Joe Pye Weed, Buddleia, Privet, Blueberry

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