Butterfly Field Of Dreams

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Great! Very nice and organized!

I use seed mixes that are for birds, bees, pollinators, butterflies, etc. oh and beneficial bugs. No where as organized as yours. The deer and ground hogs get to munch, but there are so many plants I don't even notice.
 
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My back is sore from looking at the pictures - LOL ! What a neat idea and I never knew about that forum :)
 

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Thanks everyone! Hubbys not happy about how many plants I have purchased but I did get a lot at a discount. I also have several trays of milkweed and other seedlings to fill in. Don't want to have to weed 14 flowerbeds!
 
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Great job!
I hope you'll post pics when the butterflies arrive
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Great job! Me too vote for photo's when they come to visit your garden.
 
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If you build it , they will come! I'm starting to wonder about that. Lots of blooms but no butterflies! Is anyone else seeing a lack of our winged friends? When we had our hot spell this spring, there were lots of butterflies. Then it got cold and wet, now nothing.
 

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Very strange, you have all those blooms and no butterflies. I have never seen so many of them here as this year and I don't have a ton of blooms. I see them all over the neighborhoods here while riding my bike. Have had to swerve so many times to avoid running into them. Mostly the yellow/black swallow tails but have seen a few other colors too. We have not had our regular rainy days here tho and maybe that's why. Have had lots of nice warm sunny days and more to come so this year I really enjoy seeing them all.
 

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My camera lens keeps fogging up from the humidity! I will admit, the butterfly garden has been neglected and is overrun with weeds but most of the plants are thriving and taking over as well. I do seem to have an aphid problem on the milkweeds.
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Ugh! They’re called Oleander aphids! I’ve tried a few things to get rid of them (lots of remedies online), the only thing that has worked for me is......to manually squish them! Yuck, but it worked!

Beautiful flowers! It’s odd, but most of the flowers I have, have already bloomed (or haven’t bloomed yet), but am just now seeing a few butterflies — when I’m in a flower off-period!
 
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So pretty! Even if it's just one butterfly, it's worth it - right? We get a lot of monarchs and swallowtails around his time every year. They love the milkweed and the butterfly bushes. So much fun to watch them go from blossom to blossom - they are like nature's fairies!
 

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We had butterflies in early spring and then the weather got crazy. I think they all froze! Now they are coming back. Dozens of small white cabbage butterflies and a few swallowtails.
 
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Ugh. Cabbage butterflies. Not my fav! I know they serve a purpose, but can they just leave my brassicas alone?!!
 

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Something has completely stripped my red and blue cardinal flower plants as well as the marsh mallow. Thinking its the cabbage bugs! Another monarch in the garden today but it's too busy to pose for pics!
 
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