I decided, the black-thumb that I am, to put in a butterfly garden outside the homeschool classroom window (ie formal dining room window) for us to gaze upon and learn from as we work. Read: beautiful distraction. I also have high hopes to turn my black thumb into a green thumb. We shall see, but I am hopeful! After all, we do have children now capable of pulling weeds. Yea! I am sure that our neighbors are THRILLED that the dirt pile that was in this particular flower bed now resembles something pretty and recognizable. :)
This past weekend, now that Upwards Basketball is over, Chris did some research and then we spent a considerable amount of time at our local Ace Hardware Garden Center with a most helpful staff in their butterfly garden section (really!) and invested in some flowers and a bird bath and got to work. Before you wonder about the bird bath, apparently butterflies need places to rest and some water. More on that later…
Here are the results. Keep in mind that we are no way gardening design experts and I will be super excited if these things grow and flower and stay alive, much less draw butterflies. I really am determined turn my thumb from black to green.
Then this morning while doing some school work, we look outside and see not one but two birds enjoying the bird bath! I ran to get the camera and got the following shots:
How fun is that?! We had a ball watching the birds. No butterflies yet but if I were a butterfly I’m not sure I’d get near that craziness. Our plan is for Chris to get a couple of large rocks to put in the garden as well – warm resting places for the butterflies also.