Butterflies in your garden thriving, how do you make your backyard a fascinating butterfly garden?

When we hear about gardening for butterflies, there are images of beautiful color on our “winged jewels” that move gracefully between the dazzling flowers blooming in our garden. In the butterfly world, are brightly colored flowers in your garden as remarkable as in the middle of the night. A striking neon billboard. Butterflies seem to be particularly attracted to lavender and purple flower colors, but also red, orange and yellow. Grouping various colorful flowering plants is also beginning to the success of a butterfly garden!

After they have chosen their flowers, the butterflies go in search of nectar. Many flowers that we really only consider a very common contain much nectar without us realize. Like the runway lights at an airport, floral patterns lead the butterfly to the nectar source. A butterfly explores the blossoms with its tubular tongue, or muzzle, as we use a straw when drinking. It is important to select flowers for butterflies that nectar is easily accessible. Choose therefore prefer single flowers instead of gevuldbloemigen: single flowers in your feathered friends can readily find the available nectar.

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The tongue of a butterfly is not as long as a hummingbird, for example: why are short, tubular flowers best suited for attracting butterflies. Eventually choose a mix of variety of flower tubes of various sizes so you can attract a variety of butterflies. Small butterflies will get their nectar from small flowers with larger butterflies rather larger flowers will choose.

The butterflies in gardens are located on the southeast and especially on warm, sunny days, active. As a butterfly enthusiast, we naturally prepared. Care in your planting nectar-containing flowers enough for both the early spring, summer and late summer. Providing good nectar flowers throughout the entire season will increase the chance of enjoying the graceful winged. Planting early, mid-and late-flowering plants is certainly important. Good early bloomers include flowering fruit trees, perennials and azaleas.

Use summer flowering (solid) plants that bloom until fall or until the first autumn frost (late October-early November). Buddleia, marigolds, zinnias, salvia and verbena are a few examples of plants to late-season flowers produce nectar hold assignees. Plant later in the season (in the middle of summer) once again marigolds and zinnias for good flower production in late fall protection. With nectar-containing flowers in the autumn garden, chances are that you are in September and October also can see butterflies.

We must be aware that butterflies are insects. These cold-blooded animals have a body temperature that is influenced by their environment. It is therefore useful to some warmth into spots in the butterfly garden needs. Rock walls, stepping stones or gravel paths that the heat of the early morning sun in spring can absorb.

We can not ignore the larval stage of the butterfly. Also, we encourage caterpillars in our garden to live. We can do this by providing enough host plants where the females lay eggs. The host plants provide food for the caterpillars later. Each type of butterfly looking for a specific host plant. On the picture below you see caterpillars on nettle of the famous peacock butterfly.

A number of important host plants are found in native weeds, shrubs and trees. When the designated plants in the vicinity, the butterflies that seem always to be found! Creating wet spots in the garden is really something special for butterflies. Rather than taking a long, thirsty drink, get the butterflies actually minerals and salts from the soil moist. Dishes filled with moist sand are a great attraction. The distribution of left and right a drop of liquid fertilizer increases the chances that you would expect butterflies visit. Lepidopterists, the phenomenon of mud visiting butterflies studied, found that species that tend to muddy places near to come together, usually composed of male butterflies.

A butterfly garden offers a wide range from a formal garden with flower borders to a natural wild flower garden. The needs of butterflies can be in almost any type of garden can be incorporated.

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Abelia triflora

High shrub growing to 4 m high. Twigs hairy fitting something first, later completely bald. Leaves very shortly petiolate, 3-7 cm long, lanceolate or long ovoid, with pointed tip and broad wedge-shaped tapered or rounded leaf base. The leaf margin is usually cool, young leaves fringed, originally the bottom a little hairy, later completely bald.
Blooms June to August (September) with white or slightly tinted pink, fragrant flowers at the ends of twigs. Flower tube 1.4 cm long, funnel-shaped. Bracts 5, linear up to 2 cm.
Native to the north-west of the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to central eastern Nepal at an altitude of 1500-2400 m. Introduced in 1840.

Lots of garden fun and greetings Arjan Laros.

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Abelia spathulata

Deciduous shrub 1.5-2 m high by nearly or completely bald young twigs. Leaves 2.5-5.5 cm long, ovate with rounded top and focused at the base, bright green and bare except for the main vein on the underside. More or less serrated leaf edge. Flowers in clusters of two or four at the end of short and leaves grown arrows, forming a loose inflorescence. Bracts five, elongated, reddish to 7 mm long. Corolla 1.5-2.5 cm long, slender tube with a funnel-shaped, creamy white with orange spots in the throat. Flowers in May and June.

Is endemic in Japan: Honshu south of Tohoku, Shikoku and Kyushu.
Grows in open, sunny boshellingen from sea level to 1200 meters.
Introduced in 1879 by Charles Maries for the Veitch Nurseries.
The species is rarely cultivated.

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Abelia x grandiflora

Abelia, a very underrated shrub Abelia chinensis x Abelia Hybrid uniflora. Semi-evergreen shrub to 1.5 m high, often somewhat wider than high. Young twigs reddish with fine downy hairs. Leaves 2-4 cm long, ovoid, weakly toothed, shiny dark green top, green bottom, completely bare except for small beards nerfoksels in the petiole. The leaves show a dark copper color at low temperatures. Blooms from June until late September with funnel-shaped flowers, white tinged with pink, slightly fragrant, and up to 2 cm long. Bracts reddish, varying in number from 2 to 5, lanceolate to elliptic oblong.

The original of this hybrid is unknown, but introduced by Rovelli Brothers in Pallanza, Verbania on Lake Maggiore, Italy, around 1880. These include a number of cultivars available, including:

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Abelia floribunda

Evergreen shrub to 3 m high with hairy young shoots downy. Leaves 1.5-4cm long, oval, shiny dark green and smooth. Nodding flowers in small clusters on the ends of twigs. Five bracts, lanceolate to 10 mm long with marginal hairs. Corolla 3.5-5.5 cm long, narrow funnel-shaped with spreading lobes, bright to dark. Flowering from June to August. Native to Mexico, Oaxaca, Puebla and Vera Cruz district at 330 m altitude, where it was introduced in Europe in 1841, probably by Carl Theodor Hartweg, in Mexico and neighboring countries in the “gathering” was for the Horticulture Society. One of the most beautiful species with large brightly colored flowers, but unfortunately not one of the hardest. This should really be treated as a pot plant

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Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’

Abelia, a very underrated heesterIs a hybrid between Abelia × grandiflora Abelia × parvifolia.
Evergreen or semi evergreen, broad burgeoning bush to 1.5 m high. Young shoots reddish and fuzzy hair. Leaves 2-5 cm long, narrow ovate to ovate, with top and focused mostly with entire edges. The top shiny dark green and sparsely hairy and covered with small glandular hairs. Young leaves as well as bronze fall color.

Flowers single to short steal, in small axillary clusters, self-contained at the end of twigs. Bracts two, sometimes three, these 10 mm long, oblong or elliptical, red, occasionally toothed or lobed two weak at the top. Flower tube to 2.5 cm long, violet-pink with orange in the throat, bell-shaped, tapering in the middle of a short curved tube. Blooms from summer to autumn.

The influence of Abelia x grandiflora is seen in the compact habit and glossy, and usually leaves permanent variable number of bracts, often with two lobes. The influence of Abelia parvifolia is reflected in the sometimes hairy and glandular hairs on some leaves, the rather broad bracts and larger, more funnel shaped, bell-shaped flower tube, and the highly colored flowers.

This hybrid was developed by Edward Goucher in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture and introduced by Glenn Dale, Maryland, USA, 1911. This is a very rewarding kind that deserves more attention.

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Abelia chinensis

A deciduous, upright, somewhat spreading shrub to 2 m high. Young twigs reddish-brown, soft hairs. Leaves 2-3.5 cm long, ovate with pointed apex and rounded leaf base, the edge cut and fringed. Shiny dark green on top, bald or only leak a little hairy, especially along the bottom of the veins hairy. Blooms from July into September with slightly fragrant, white, sometimes pink-faced little flowers, usually in clusters of three or a steal at short. Flowers 12-15 mm long, with five calyx hairy lips as long as the crown funnel-shaped tube which is the crown lobes beaten back.
Native to the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and western Fujian.
Introduced in 1844, probably by Robert Fortune

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