Butterfly Gardening

Written by Jane Lake

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- Some common caterpillar food sources are asters, borage, chickweed, clover, crabgrass, hollyhocks, lupines, mallows, marigold, milkweed or butterfly weed, nasturtium, parsley, pearly everlasting, ragweed, spicebush, thistle, violets and wisteria. Caterpillars also thrive on trees such as ash, birch, black locust, elm and oak.

- Annual nectar plants include ageratum, alyssum, candy tuft, dill, cosmos, pinks, pin cushion flower, verbena and zinnia.

- Common perennial nectar plants include chives, onions, pearly everlasting, chamomile, butterfly weed, milkweeds, daisies, thistles, purple coneflower, sea holly, blanket flower, lavender, marjoram, mints, moss phlox, sage, stonecrops, goldenrod, dandelion and valerian.

Remember that butterflies are cold-blooded insects that bask inrepparttar sun to warm their wings for flight and to orient themselves. They also need shelter fromrepparttar 113323 wind, a source of water, and partly shady areas provided by trees and shrubs.

Jane Lake's work has appeared in Canadian Living, You and Modern Woman magazines. To make your own butterfly feeders, read her article, Butterfly Food or visit her Nature Crafts section for more nature articles, including how to make nectar for hummingbirds, plus more on butterfly gardens.

The Rare Blue Roses

Written by Ken Austin

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Another alternative to producing blue roses is to simply use dyes to changerepparttar color ofrepparttar 113322 petals from white to blue. By placing a dye inrepparttar 113323 waterrepparttar 113324 rose drinks, it creates a blue color inrepparttar 113325 leaves, petals, and stem. Whilerepparttar 113326 rose looks blue, it is not because it grew this way, but because ofrepparttar 113327 dye.

So, if you are dead set on finding blue roses you may want to considerrepparttar 113328 above options. We continue to wait for scientists to develop a true blue rose. This rare beauty will bring great job to rose lovers everywhere.

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