Category Archives: Butterflies

August 5th – Butterflies in the garden.

This morning I had the chance to visit the garden with my cousin Lee from Bucks County. I have been talking up the Bournelyf Butterfly Garden to family and friends and it was fun to share it today. Here are … Continue reading

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Early Morning Visit to the Garden

It’s another warm day here in West Chester but I wanted to go see if I could spot the caterpillars. I also wanted to see how the campers’ grass heads were faring. It seems to me that the best time … Continue reading

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Session Five: Propagation

On July 25 we had our fifth session of our Bournelyf Butterfly Garden and Special Camp training. I conducted this session on Propagation along with Nick Russo. Although  I had assisted with a few of the other sessions, this time … Continue reading

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Exciting News

Barb Rinehart just got the news that our garden has been certified as Pollinator Friendly! Thanks to Barb for taking care of submitting the application. So what exactly is a Pollinator Friendly Garden and what is pollination? According to the … Continue reading

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Butterflies in the Garden

Even before we planted our perennials we have started to see the butterflies flitting through the garden. The above picture was taken by Tom Bare when he was watering one hot, hot day! An Orange Sulphur Spicebush Butterfly on Agastache … Continue reading

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Laying Out the Garden

Everything  Laid Out It’s the 4th of July and it is moving day for the plants that Taryn, Gail and Barb have all been babysitting for several months. Next week we will hold the Session on Perennials and the following … Continue reading

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Session 2: Bournelyf Butterfly Garden – Planting Annuals

Finally the day arrived for us to actually put some plants in our garden. It was a hot and sunny day but very comfortable under the tent where campers, staff and Master Gardeners gathered. All the campers got to choose … Continue reading

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Butterflies Common to Pennsylvania, Part Four

Checkered Skipper Male Checkered Skipper (Image is the sole property of Randy L. Emmitt and cannot be used without his permission) Female Checkered Skipper The Common Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus communis) is noted to be quite variable in its appearance. On … Continue reading

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Native Plants Three

We have already discussed the Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in a previous post, but two other species are often recommended for a butterfly garden so we will look at them next. Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is also known as Rose … Continue reading

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Butterfly Bush – Be Careful What You Plant

When you are planning a butterfly garden, one of the things you do is  research which plants will attract them. You want to make sure that you have both host plants and nectar plants so that the caterpillar and the … Continue reading

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