We are off to a late start this year! However, on one of the few really nice warm days, about two weeks ago, there were lots of American Ladies laying eggs on Pearly Everlasting, a couple of Painted Ladies on Thistle, and Red Admirals egg laying on Stinging Nettles. With all this rain, it seems unlikely for the eggs to have survived, certainly there are no signs of caterpillars, yet.
You may have noticed a new person working at the Urquhart butterfly Garden, her name is Alicia (Ali). She comes with great training in gardening and permi-culture, and will be taking on a lot of work for the garden this year. Alicia will be keeping the daily records up to date and posting photos among many other things.
Let’s hope for sunnier days and lots of butterflies.
Take a look at our two newly posted photos by Michelle Sharp, taken this past winter in the garden.
Photo: American Lady on Pearly Everlasting
You cannot have Monarch Butterflies without milkweed. Doreen Nicoll has recently become a heroine for monarch butterflies, by insisting on her rights to grow milkweed in her naturalized garden in Burlington.
Doreen Nicoll has long understood that to garden with nature and not against her is the best thing for our planet. She also knows that native plants are great at attracting butterflies and bees of all species.
Doreen will be the first presenter in the Summer Series at the Urquhart Butterfly Garden and her topic will be Monarchs and Their Milkweed and naturalized gardening. She has a wealth of information and is fun as well!
The session will begin at 11 am Saturday on August 4 and last approximately one hour. Please bring a chair.
If it rains the session will be cancelled.
For more information about the Urquhart Butterfly Garden please visit urquhartbutterfly.com.
The Summer Series is funded by the Dougher Fund of the Hamilton Community Foundation.
Spring sprung, and we have rushed into a lush summer. Jessah has been busy refurbishing some of the flower beds, because some plants were lost due to the warm spell in February, however the beds are coming together nicely now and will shortly be ready to greet butterflies and other visitors!
We will be updating the web site and showing photos of what has been seen so far this year – watch for it, any day now.
The photo contest is already open so start those shutters clicking. Flyers will be available in the Garden later this week. Good Luck.
Joanna, Jessah & Karen.