|Native Cardinal Flowers are focus of this new garden.|
Gardening to Attract Wildlife
By Ken & Paula Korber
One of the thing that I love most about the Frostville Farmer's Market are the people that I meet; I enjoy hearing stories of their journey from a grassy yard to one that comes alive when planted with native: vines, trees, bushes and flowers along with annuals, vegetables, fruit trees and shade trees. The transformation is amazing!
|Three bees sharing a "table"|
Turning Loss into Opportunity
|After this I am heading over to the Swamp Milkweed|
For years we watched as butterflies passed through our yard. They stayed only long enough to check out, and disregard, our humble offerings. In 2012 we had to have trees removed from our front lot. Though we were sad to see the trees removed, it was an opportunity to add flowers and bushes that required full sun. The idea of a butterfly garden came to mind.
|And the Monarch did move to the Swamp Milkweed!|
|Swallowtail with damaged wing finding a sweet nectar dinner|
|Monarch on a Nectar Bush|
|Healthy Swallowtail with a bit larger wingspan|
Planning Our New Butterfly Garden
|Native Blue Lobelia & Cardinal Flowers|
We watched to see how long the sun hit our side lot. We began to research butterflies in our area, nectar plants and host plants. The garden was laid out. Soil was amended with compost and several plants were selected for the rich nectar they offered.
When planting selections for bees and butterflies, we
noticed our summer hummer perched and watching us. Oops! Our first extension was made that same year. The
butterfly garden would be a butterfly AND hummingbird garden!!
Don't Forget the Hummingbirds!
|Front and center - Our Hummer on Native Trumpet Honeysuckle|
This is Better than "Where is Waldo" ... Where is the Hummer?
|Look close, he or she is bending with the Salvia leaves|
Invitation for Dinner ... Accepted
|Bumblebee and Honey Bee on Native Swamp Milkweed|
The plants are a mixture of native and non-native. We offer native favorites intermingled with local nursery items. Something for every palate of the winged jewels we invite to our yard. So far, we've been richly rewarded. The butterflies who passed through are now staying quite awhile. Huge fuzzy black and yellow bumble bees and honeybees cover swamp milkweed, cone flowers, liatris, pin cushion flowers and agastache.
The hummingbird not only hits his cardinal flowers and crocosmia, but samples agastache, butterfly weed, milk weed and nectar bushes. The nectar area has become the most active, interesting part of our yard.
|Swamp Milkweed, Liatris and Rudbeckia|
Block Full of Butterflies & Hummingbirds
"No one can change the world, but we can each change our little piece of it".Paula Korber
|Tiki Torch Coneflowers|
This fall, when the finches start tugging on plants for seed, maybe they'll drop some in neighboring yards. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have an entire block full of butterflies and hummingbirds? Then again, it's kind of nice having them to ourselves :)
Thank you Paula and Ken for the time, research, planning and back breaking labor that you put into creating your suburban oasis. I appreciate your willingness to step out and serve as a game changers, actually "Garden Changers" for the great Cleveland area!
All pictures containing buddleia are of the seedless, non-invasive varieties. It is a shame that the butterflies didn't pose on all the native plants that the Korber's have growing in their yard.