I live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and I am working on attracting butterflies to my backyard. I have planted several different kinds of host and nectar plants for butterflies which live in this part of Texas.
I started out with lantana and parsley the summer of 2011. In the fall of 2011 I planted several new nectar and host plants . Spring of 2012, I attended a Butterfly Workshop at Texas Discovery Gardens and came home with lots of new plants to try in my garden! During the Spring of 2013, and I worked on planting and weeding my flower beds! This past summer was hard on my plants – the native ones survived. I did not have any monarch butterflies lay eggs this year. I’m sad about that! I had the same kind of milkweed plants – but the monarch numbers are down for the US this year.
2014 Update – Finally seeing more butterflies now that late summer has arrived. I have seen many Gulf Fritillary butterflies(also called Passion Butterflies) laying eggs on my passion flower vine and now many have hatched out and are busily eating the vine! I’ve also raised a couple of black swallowtail butterflies in the last few weeks. See my post on Sept. 11, 2014!
May 2016 Update – Lots of flowers are in bloom in my yard. Hoping to see lots of butterfiles soon!
I am a wife, mother, math/reading tutor and flower gardener. I love all kinds of music – Christian, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Rock and Country.