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Joyce Coomer: I have a butterfly garden

If mankind would take care of this wonderful planet instead of destroying it because of the love of money, everyone, everywhere, would have butterfly gardens galore. - JOYCE COOMER

By Joyce Coomer

My butterfly garden is a wild tangle of blackberries just at the end of their blooming period, daisies and black-eyed Susans scattered hither and yon, and a good crop of butterfly weed just now coming into bloom. The Queen Anne's lace is delightful and there are wildflowers blooming that I cannot identify. Goldenrod is thriving and there are several varieties of grasses blooming and seeding.


I call my butterfly garden "the pasture." Greg says it's a mess. Some people would say it's ugly because it's unkempt and overgrown. Whatever you wish to call it, the butterflies thrive there. On any given day, I can see at least eight or ten species of butterflies traveling across the yard and pasture, sometimes stopping on a flower, sometimes just seeming to enjoy meandering with the breeze.

Other wildlife also enjoys my butterfly garden. Deer nip the tender buds from plants that are about head high to them. Raccoons (Little rascals eat my cats' food!) use the vegetation as cover until they are ready to dash across the yard. Squirrels in the oak trees complain if I'm outside at a time they don't want bothered. Possums and skunks amble around the farm in early evening. Birds of assorted feather soar and dip and dive over the grasses and wildflowers, catching mosquitoes (hopefully!) and other insects. Crickets chirp happily and loudly, hidden at the base of the plants in my butterfly garden.

If mankind would take care of this wonderful planet instead of destroying it because of the love of money, everyone, everywhere, would have butterfly gardens galore. - Joyce M. Coomer

This story was posted on 2016-06-07 08:54:09
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