Category Archives: Butterflies

Bee and Butterfly Season

Earlier this summer I thought I might have to build an ark because it just kept raining and raining, but in September there’s barely been a drop. Many of my perennials have shriveled up and turned brown and crispy, and … Continue reading

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Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’

If you want to hop on the bandwagon to support struggling pollinators like honeybees and Monarch butterflies, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) ‘Hello Yellow’ is a great perennial to add to your garden. The native butterfly weed has bright orange flowers, … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Hickory Hairstreak

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Banner Year for Butterfly Weeds

My butterfly weeds (Asclepias tuberosa) look fantastic this year. I have a half-dozen plants scattered throughout the yard, and they are all blooming like crazy. I grow the native, orange-flowering plant: But I also grow and love the golden-yellow hybrid, … Continue reading

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These Easy-to-Grow Perennials Attract Pollinators Like a Magnet

Pollinators like bees and beetles and butterflies are being threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and diseases like Colony Collapse Disorder. You can help them by planting pollinator-friendly plants in your yard. Here a a few of my favorite pollinator-magnets: Allium … Continue reading

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Return of the Winged Beauties

After the 2012 drought, butterflies became scarce. Even during the summers of 2013 and 2014 I saw very few butterflies and no Monarchs. This year I’m relieved that the butterflies appear to be back in normal numbers. I’ve seen Eastern … Continue reading

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Lazy Butterfly Bushes

It was a rough winter for butterfly bushes. I lost half my collection including my beloved ‘Honeycomb’. And the plants that did survive were knocked back severely. By now I usually have plants that are 6- to 10-feet tall with … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Tiger Swallowtail

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Butterfly Magic

For the first time in my life, I saw Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies in March when we had the freakishly warm weather (which should’ve been a warning sign to leave for the North Pole immediately…can’t believe I missed that one). … Continue reading

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Bountiful Butterflies?

We’ve endured some snow and a few days where the mercury has dropped below zero, but it’s still been a very mild winter in southern Wisconsin. The last time we had a winter like this, we were inundated with butterflies … Continue reading

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