I have butterflies on the brain lately. You know how annoying that is? Flutter…flutter…flutter….
The reason for this butterfly invasion? I have been working on a butterfly garden project for the high school where we volunteer with as a business partner in their botany department.
I am hoping to have the entire project ready to be implemented Spring 2013. Besides doing a ton of research, I have been working on finding grants to fund this project.
So, I thought a butterfly tablescape was called for. And with Earth day approaching, it seems appropriate.
There used to be no Earth day.....How was that possible? Because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Act. There were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.
In Spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. 20 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!
In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency..
We notice that every year in our herb garden, when the dill starts to flower, we have Monarch Butterflies visiting our garden. they seem to love the dill.
Ranging in size from a few containers placed in a sunny spot to several acres, butterfly gardens can be grown throughout the United States. Throughout the country, the general requirements for butterfly gardening are the same: full sun, nectar source plants, larval host plants, a pesticide-free environment and knowledge of the local butterfly fauna. Source
Nectar-producing plants will attract butterflies to your garden. Many nectar-producing plants are native species which require little attention, as they are naturally adapted to the region in which they live. One of the most common mistakes in butterfly gardening is planting only one nectar source. Adult butterflies have a very short lifespan. Planting a variety of nectar sources will encourage more butterflies to visit the garden. Source
In order to support a full butterfly life cycle, host plants (for laying eggs and use as a caterpillar food source) must also be present. Planting an adequate supply of host plants gives butterflies a place to lay their eggs, which will successfully hatch and result in butterflies that will continue to visit the garden.Source
Butterfly gardens are best planted in the spring with younger plants or in the fall with mature plants that will become dormant quickly and re-emerge in the spring. It is best not to plant in the heat of summer or the cold of winter. Source
I started with simple Dollar Tree white plates.
Then I added these sweet butterfly plates.
The butterflies are so pretty!
Next came these vintage amber glass dishes.
I thought these felt butterflies made cute coasters for the crystal stems.
Apparently our butterfly table inspired the Princess as well.
With a few modifications and a little editing, this was a sit down and eat at dinner table.
I have cooked from scratch dinners all week and I needed a break! I just wanted something simple.
Pizza sounded good. I had no desire to order from a pizzeria so, I opted for a deli pizza from Kroger. Have you tried these? They are really yummy!
Some cheesy garlic bread with dipping sauces and a tossed salad was just what I needed!
You don’t need to have a fancy meal to enjoy a fun and pretty table. It is all about sharing a meal at the dinner table with your family. And they are the most important people to take the time to set a pretty table for!
Saying Grace and enjoying each others company is one of the best times of the day around here. Listening to each other talk about our day is what meals at the dinner table are all about!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!.
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