This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

happy mothers day

butterflies for mothers day

I ended up picking butterflies as a theme this year for Mother's Day. I hope my mom likes this. I planted seeds for Butterfly flower (Asclepia tuberosa) (also Butterfly weed) back in March and they're nice little plants now. I potted a few up in a small clay pot and made a nice color copy of the seed packet. Then I walked through the local mall and found lots of butterfly themed things to go along: a metal butterfly that hangs on the pot, two embroidered butterfly napkins, a small butterfly tray, and a fancy butterfly pin is in the butterfly bag.

Happy Mom's Day to all you MOM's!

I came across wild Butterfly flower last summer and was so impressed with the beautiful vibrant orange color. I was very pleased to find seeds this winter. Asclepia is native to the eastern United States. Its flowers attract Monarchs and other butterflies. It is also a host plant, providing a place eggs and food for caterpillars.

Here's a couple photos of Butterfly weed that I took last summer.
butterfly milkweed 3 butterfly milkweed 2
butterflies (Lepidoptera)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathy - and a happy mother's day to you, too! I'm sure your mother will be pleased with your thoughtfulness. Butterflies always make me smile. The pictures are very pretty. Here, in AZ, we had some garden tomatoes with dinner this evening (the birdies got the first and biggest two). It's so nice to have home-grown. I hope yours do well this summer. Best wishes.
- Daisy and Pixie (who also likes butterflies)

May 09, 2009 11:11 PM

Blogger mamawhatthe said...

Beautiful pictures, and such a great gift idea! I'm sure your mom will love it. Plus, a splash of that orange will add a nice note to any landscape. Happy Mother's Day!

May 10, 2009 8:37 AM

Anonymous Corrina said...

Happy Mother's Day!

What a beautiful, thoughtful gift. I am sure she will enjoy it.

May 10, 2009 8:41 AM

Blogger Tim said...

Have a great day with your mom. I love the flower picures.

May 10, 2009 10:17 AM

Blogger Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Love the butterfly theme! Great idea! Have a wonderful Mother's Day! -Jackie

May 10, 2009 11:53 AM

Blogger Aerie-el said...

What a beauty of a plant!
And what a wonderful gift for your mom!
Have a great day!

May 10, 2009 2:15 PM


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