If you place hummingbird feeders out, be sure to clean the feeder out at least once a month with a solution of ¼ C. bleach or white vinegar to one gallon of water. Avoid using soap as the birds do not like the taste. In Annie’s literature they also recommend a running water feature to your garden to attract hummingbirds as this creates a comfortable habitat for them.
Attracting butterflies to your garden
Gerchman said to attract butterflies, to incorporate shallow pools in your gardens so they have water to drink. “Some people take the tops of bird baths and sink them into the garden,” she said. (Be careful that these pools do not become mosquito habitats.) Gerchman said that butterflies like bright, sunny areas. “Butterflies need to maintain their body temperatures between 85 and 100 degrees. That’s why you often see them resting on a flat rock. So incorporating flat rocks into your garden gives them a place to sit and warm up,” she said.
As for plants, Gerchman said the “classic” choice is Butterfly Bush. “When we get a shipment in here, sometimes there are clouds of butterflies that get attracted to them,” she said. Another choice is Butterfly Weed, which when growing wild is also known by the less attractive name, Pleurisy Root.
Female butterflies locate and lay eggs on plants that provide food for caterpillars such as Dill, Holly Hock, Milkweed, and Sunflowers.
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