Category Archives: Butterflies and other cool insects

Attracting Butterflies to Your Home Garden

One of the benefits of having a landscape full of flowers is the joy of seeing colorful butterflies flitting from flower to flower to feed on their sweet nectar. It is interesting how much of the summer may go by with only an occasional sighting of a butterfly. Then, suddenly, they seem to be everywhere. Some years butterflies are plentiful, others not so much. The weather and the environment play big roles in the annual abundance or scarcity of many species of butterflies. In some cases, human activity… Read More →

Turk’s Cap – A Texas Superstar and Hummingbird Favorite

Visiting the Heritage Rose Garden and IDEA Garden at the Tyler Rose Garden this week, I was struck by the shear abundance of blooms from many annuals and perennials. Not only is the floral display pleasing to the eye, but it is essential for so many insects and birds, as they prepare for winter in Northeast Texas, or fuel up for their long trip south on their migration to warmer climes. Monarch butterflies were swarming over Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’, a wonderful newer hybrid variety of an old fashioned… Read More →

Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterflies are the gems of the insect world. Their graceful flight and bright colors never fail to delight children and adults alike. I still get excited when I see a colorful butterfly, especially ones that are unusual or not frequently seen. Butterfly gardening has become very popular worldwide. There are many public gardens with butterfly garden floral displays and special greenhouses for raising and displaying native and tropical butterflies. There is a wonderful butterfly house, The Cockerell Butterfly Center, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The South… Read More →