Butterfly gardens and the mess

by Beccie
(Jonesvile, NC)

Hello Grandma, Beccie here. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Wishing you blessings and joy. I have a question for you. Elaine and I want to put in a butterfly garden but we have fears that they will put their nests in our trees and cause leaf eating pests that will hurt our areas. I put in a hummingbird garden just for that purpose, but we would love to see the butterflies as well, just don't want the mess or the pests they create. Do you have any wise suggestions to help us with this. Blessings Beccie & Elaine

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May 14, 2009
by: Beccie

Hi Grandma,
Glad you enjoyed your week-end. Family is wonderful to be around. Thank you for your response. You are absolutely right about God and just taking the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of watching a butterfly. I will add flowers to my hummingbird garden and make it a family affair, all are welcome. Will write again soon, I'm sure. Tell Grandpa hi for me. Beccie

May 11, 2009
Butterflies and Hummingbirds, OH MY!
by: Grandma

Hi Beccie,

It's wonderful to hear from you again. Thank you so much for wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. I spent my weekend enjoying my very large family and planting flowers in hanging pots for my deck. I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much.

You really touched on my soft spot when you mention butterflies and hummingbirds. Every flower I plant in my garden and on my deck is centered around drawing these beautiful creatures into my life. I get teased about how I can coax the butterflies to come and visit and perch on my fingers.

To be honest with you Beccie I have never had a problem with nests and messes and them drawing unwanted critters. I have even raised Monarch butterflies and let them loose and never noticed any problems. But then again, I'm pretty crazy about ladybugs too and I always have an abundance of them in my garden.

My advice would be to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, it has a way of balancing itself out. Sometimes when we can get too technical about planting and making everything perfect we tend to loose so much of what God is sending into our lives.

Say hello to Elaine for me and tell her I hope she plans on joining us one day.


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