Tuesday, May 5, 2015


at 822
we love bugs
they can be such a learning experience for little ones
to respect, to be gentle and to be unafraid
and to begin a lifetime romance with nature

this was our first bug catcher
it came with little tweezers and a magnifying glass
believe it or not...we hatched several butterflies from this cutie

but now that Betty is older, she'll pass this one down to the little ones and
we will become a little more sophisticated in our project
do you remember the WARDIAN CASE I found at an antique store in Amarillo?

It has become our perfect butterfly house project for the summer!
butterflies and bees need a shallow place to drink

also some water low to the ground 

attracting the butterflies to lay eggs is easy

so be sure to include the flowers they love

at 822...parsley is the number 1 snack!  

my new potting table is so much fun...this old table was left in the garage
Mr. PV added some tile to the top and drilled a few drain holes for me

and I spend time here almost everyday

keeping an eye out for butterflies--until Betty pops in after school to relieve me

I mean...who wants to eat parsley anyway?

 when you can have this wonderful cycle of life to share with all the 
grandchildren in your world!

meanwhile....on the other side of the herb garden
the vineyard is coming along nicely!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

This post is fascinating ... Lady bugs and Butterflies have always intrigued me. Your garden is sheer beauty.

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

Your case is magnificent! Your garden is so beautiful. I feel like I'm stealing peeks through a hole in the fence. I'm hoping we have more butterflies and bees in our yard this year. We planted many, many flowering plants in the last 12 months. I've been really happy about the number of bees we've had visiting. Happy butterflying, Gina!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I find your garden and house as one of the inspiring ones in Bloglandia. Hoping you will show more of your garden soon.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I never thought of making a butterfly house. You can bet I'll be looking for an appropriate place now!

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Love your garden, Gina. You must enjoy it a lot


handmade by amalia said...

I love the way you keep your garden so in tune with nature. So much of what you've written is new to me, very interesting.

Minha vida de campo said...

Que lindas as joaninhas, tem milhares delas. Aqui as borboletas são terríveis para minha horta, elas comem todas as couves. Amei esse mini jardim de ferro que coisa linda.
Bjos tenha um ótimo dia.

Karena Albert said...

Gina, I adore your charming Butterfly House!You are so creative and caring of all creatures!

The Arts by Karena
Bunnies by Hunt Slonem!

bj said...

How fun is this...a Butterfly House..every one should have one.

Our son had a vineyard at his other house that he sold. It was such fun...Mr. S and I worked there every day, getting it started...it grew each year and became a nice size.
We all miss it.