Butterflies

Start Seeing Monarchs the First Saturday in May

Colorful Monarch Butterflies

The first Saturday in May is marked as the day to Start Seeing Monarchs. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  Have you seen any monarch butterflies in your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks This day was chosen to raise people’s awareness…

Growing Sunflowers – How to Grow and Care for Sunflower Plants

Sunflowers come in many colors

Growing Sunflowers is one of the really fun parts of summer time gardening.  These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular plant to introduce children to gardening.  Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a member of the Aster family. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.  It is native to…

Nectar plants for Swallowtail Butterflies

If you want to attract swallowtail butterflies to your yard this year, plants some of these nectar bearing plants. #swallowtail #butterfly

Nothing makes me smile more than going out into my garden and seeing Swallowtail butterflies feasting on the nectar of plants in my garden beds. Swallowtail butterflies are very large, and colorful butterflies in the family Papilionidae.  The family is large and includes over 500 species.  The majority of the butterflies are tropical but you…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers Favorite Facebook pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a GREAT Facebook page) to each share their own favorite Gardening page on…

Today’s Featured Fan – Tamara Martin

Pretties and Uglies in the Garden

Gardening Cook Fan Tamara Martin’s Photos The fans of my Facebook page are always submitting photos of their gardens and projects for me to consider for this website and The Facebook page – The Gardening Cook. Normally, I include a photo or two in specific articles, such as vegetable harvests, or garden flowers. But every…

Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and Other Garden Critters

It's lunch time!

Garden Critters add to the appeal of any garden. There is nothing like wandering around in my garden and seeing the wildlife in the form of insects buzzing around.  We all know that gardens need bees for pollination but so many other critters will find their way into a garden too.  Just provide them with…

Butterflies in my Front Garden and Test Garden

Spoicebush Swallowtail Papillo troillus

Butterfly bushes attract butterflies like no one’s business! Here are some photos of butterflies in my garden beds.  They are swarming around my Butterfly bush right now because it is full bloom. Spicebush Swallowtail Papillo troilus feeding on some nectar.  He seems to be enjoying himself! My zinnias are so popular with swallowtails right now!…