Although some planting times vary for some species, the planting time for summer butterfly gardens is here. First your family will need to research which kinds of butterflies are native to your area and what plants will attract them.
For example one butterfly that migrates to Colorado from Texas is the Painted Lady. The Painted Lady plant favorites include asters, thistles, sunflowers, marigold, lilac, hollyhock, and sweet peas.
Children love creating their own butterfly garden. Print out a list of plants and flowers from your research and take it with you to your local greenhouse or nursery. Or you can check online or in catalogs to order your plants.
There are some butterfly garden accessories to buy, like butterfly houses with cute little slots to keep birds out and protect butterflies. You can also buy nectar to keep your butterflies around all summer.
Make sure to keep a camera and journal handy for pictures and notes about your butterfly garden.
Butterfly books for your children:
· National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
· From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find... Science, Stage 1) by Deborah Heiligman and Bari Weissman
· Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior by Donald Stokes, Lillian Stokes and Ernest Williams
· Are You a Butterfly? (Backyard Books) by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
· National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Butterflies Of North America by NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
· Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek
· National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies by Laura Marsh
· Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta
· A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
· My, Oh My--A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
An Irish Blessing
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
Rhonda Cratty includes her experiences of 30 years of public school teaching, raising children of her own, and articles written for on-line and hard copy publications -within the pages of Learning at home. Learning at home can be purchased in print or eBook form through Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1494917203