The Suitcase Lady


June 26, 2012, 9:37 pm

We designed our front yard to be eaten. Now with wings aflutter and holes in the leaves, the entire front of our house has become a giant cafeteria.

Years ago, I stood in a botanical garden surrounded by butterflies. The sign said that anyone could create this paradise by planting bird and butterfly friendly plants. Why would anyone plant any other kind I wondered? The only problem that I could foresee was that my husband and I are lousy gardeners.

We have been working on this project for sixteen years. Those who know us understand that our failures and mistakes have been monumental such as the fifty cone flower plants that all dropped dead for no apparent reason.

But we persevered, and things are finally coming together. Seven butterfly species were all gorging on nectar the other day and numerous birds including hummingbirds visit every day. Bees are everywhere, some are as big as jawbreakers.

Yesterday my husband captured a magical goldfinch moment. Click here to see and hear the party.



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