How I Got Started

I started Butterfly gardening many years ago. My yard has been a progression over the years, and has made many transformations. Twenty years ago I experienced Hurricane Andrew. My yard and house were destroyed. We decided not to replace the pool screening and open up the backyard and put in some landscaping. That was the official beginning of my love for gardening in South Florida. I added a beautiful water garden years ago, and have been adding host and larvae plants for pollinators, mostly for the butterfly, for as many years as I can remember. I had my yard certified as a Natural Habitat, through the National Wildlife Foundation. To have a natural habitat you need to provide and meet certain requirements: 1. Provide a food source, 2. Provide a water source, 3. Cover, 4. A place to raise young. I try not to use any pesticides in my yard. I vermicompost and recycle as many of my food scraps as possible. If I had more land I would have a huge compost bin to recycle all my yard cuttings. Basically, I try to lessen my carbon footprint on this earth. In my own little world or backyard I try to provide an ecosystem in my water garden, provide birdbaths, birdfeeders, hummingbird nectar sources, feeders, puddling areas, host plants and nectar plants for butterflies and other pollinators. I am hoping to raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of saving our Butterflies, Blooms & Bees. Without them our world and food source will be in trouble. I hope you all enjoy my journey. I am not a Master Gardener, or Master Beekeeper, an Entomologist, or Journalists. I am simply a Backyard Gardener who is trying to lessen her Carbon Footprint of this Earth.

I hope you enjoy my blogs.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Pretty Orchids in my Garden

I have had some very pretty orchids blooming in my garden over the summer. I used to have many more orchids, but the few I do have I have attached to trees and palms I really don't take care of them like I should. Obviously, I never use pesticides on them, and I should be fertilizing them monthly in the summer. Despite my neglect they bloom regularly. Sometimes I will spray the buds with some alcohol to kill thrips that affect the blooms. You can see the thrip damage on the flowers of the pink vanda. Despite the thrips the blooms are still beautiful. That is the one nice thing about orchids. They are very forgiving, for which, I am very grateful. Here are a few pictures of my neglected but beautiful orchids.

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