Butterfly Studio

A perfect spot for sketching {and watching} butterflies at le homestead. The porch studio…

The Porch Studio by OliveLoaf Design

We’ve had an outstanding butterfly season this year. I have been photographing our visitors for more than 5 years and I believe their numbers have tripled. It definitely pays to plant as many flowers as possible and the butterflies truly appreciate your efforts.

{via Creating Sustainable Landscapes}

Butterfly Desert

Click here to learn simple techniques for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to your yard and garden.

(Monarch)

Monarch in Kentucky by OliveLoaf Design

This is the first season I’ve seen a Zebra Swallowtail visit our flowers. They are fabulous!

Zebra Swallowtail by OliveLoaf Design

To find pollinator-friendly native plants for your garden visit the Pollinator Partnership website: www.pollinator.org To get the guide specific to your ecoregion: click on Planting Guides and enter your 5-digit zip code. You’ll find the Selecting Plants for Pollinators guide that fits your region. Check out the charts that list which native plants grow best in your area so that you can attract more pollinators to your garden.

(Spicebush Swallowtail)

Spicebush Swallowtail by OliveLoaf Design

(Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Now is the perfect time to plan your planting for next season. Many vendors have flower seeds and bulbs on sale at this point so you can stock up for a steal. Depending on your planting zone, you can still plant. I’m still planting sunflowers & shasta daisies for late fall blooming.

(Great Spangled Fritillary)
Great Spangled Fritillary by OliveLoaf Design

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