Posts Tagged "butterflies"

Pollinator 101

Posted on June 6th, 2021

June is National Pollinator month, and it’s the perfect time to give bees, butterflies, and birds a little recognition. Pollinators are such an important part of getting our gardens to grow. Did you know, Honeybees alone are directly responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat? They help fertilize flowers, carrying pollen from one […]

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Create a Butterfly Friendly Space

Posted on June 8th, 2020

Want to attract butterflies to your yard? In addition to nectar-rich plants, such as butterfly bush, here are some simple “extras” that you can include to ensure butterflies pay you a visit year after year:   Sun: When a beautiful butterfly emerges from its cocoon, it’s cold. It needs the sun to warm it up to pump blood into its veins and fly. Cut back branches of overhanging trees and shrubs […]

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Three Perennials to Attract Butterflies

Posted on June 14th, 2018

Butterflies are creatures of habit.  Once they emerge from their cocoons, they immediately look forblooms to supply them with nectar.  All butterflies prefer sunny open spaces, like meadows and prairies.  Likewise, some of the most popular butterfly plants are meadow and prairie natives. The most popular butterfly plant is Asclepias, the family of butterfly weeds […]

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Proven Winners Pollinator Kit

Posted on May 10th, 2018

All of us at Van Wilgen’s and Proven Winners know one thing for sure, a better garden starts with a better plant. Healthy plants with strong root systems are the hallmark of a PW plant,  and we know strong roots = strong plants. This week we will be showcasing Proven Winners plants in every part […]

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Help Pollinators survive the Winter

Posted on October 5th, 2017

October has arrived and with it comes fall flavors. Pumpkin spice pops up practically wherever you go. And there’s nothing like a freshly picked apple or glass of apple cider. Pollinators know it‘s fall too and they could use some help from your garden. This time of year is known as nectar flow, where many major […]

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3 Ways to Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Posted on June 22nd, 2017

National Pollinator Week is a time to give bees, birds, and bats a little recognition. Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, play a big part in getting our gardens to grow. Honeybees are directly responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat. They help fertilize flowers, carrying pollen from one plant to another in […]

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Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

Posted on June 14th, 2017

We have seen the shadow of Spring!  The white of winter snow will soon be a summer color.  While you plan your spring planting, here are a couple of ideas you can add to your garden to attract summer butterflies! Butterflies like heat and bright light.  If your garden is sunny, you’re halfway home!  Butterflies […]

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Pretty in Pink

Posted on June 8th, 2017

Everything’s pretty in pink! Our flock of flamingos will grow as pink week gets into full swing this week, June 12th thru the 18th. By now many of you know how important this week is to us here at Van Wilgen’s. Over the past few years with the help of all of you, we have […]

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Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix

Posted on May 31st, 2017

A Mix Butterflies and Hummingbirds will Love- all Summer Long! If you’re excited to see some butterflies at your home this year, I’m going to share one of my favorite (their favorite too) butterfly and hummingbird attracting container recipes. Ingredients: 1- 4″ Black n Blue Salvia, those hummers can’t get enough of it! 3- 4″ […]

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Butterflying 101

Posted on May 31st, 2017

June 11, Van Wilgens will host our Kids Klub Butterfly Release event!  Ironically, we had just as many adults attending last year’s, as we did kids!  Gardeners love the world of beauty of butterflies!  Here’s an example of how you can cultivate your own. Butterflies can be pretty delicate creatures but can also be very […]

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