I'm sitting here on this cold wet Texas morning and I ran across this wonderful blog site. I didn't realize there was a shortage of Monarch butterflies. I've seen those smaller yellowish butterflies in my yard but I haven't seen a Monarch in quite a while.
I love butterflies. Once a year, or when I have visitors, I visit the live butterfly forest at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston. Its such a wonderful experience to have butterflies just fluttering and flitting around you.
Then I had a good think about my backyard. Why don't I have more butterflies with all the plants in my yard? It's true I didn't have a good crop of lantana this year. I didn't put out any special sugary treats for the butterflies to land on. I didn't have a little sand tray, which they dearly love, for them to land on. But I did have water and flowers and bushes. What else do they want from me??
I'm going to do a little more research. I'm not going to start special plants in the garage and probably won't buy anything especially for butterflies. And, since I already know a little bit about encouraging butterflies and building a habitat, I am going to start reading to refresh my mind, and make a few plans to encourage butterflies to visit my yard.
Yes it is a long time until the butterflies are around again, but I like to mull things over. Think and plan. Get a few ideas and fine tune them. Yes, butterflies this Spring would be a nice idea.