Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Beautiful Butterflies

I love butterflies (unlike my Auntie Kathleen!) They are so pretty and great for the garden too. This week we have been releasing butterflies at nursery which is great fun. In my latest blog I tell you some fluttery facts as well as three (yes three) cool butterfly related things I have been doing in my garden. Come on, join in...

Look - a butterfly!
Fluttery Facts
Now, we have all heard that butterflies are good for the garden and we should try and encourage them in. But do you know why?
  • Like bees, butterflies are essential for pollination. The diet of adult butterflies consists mostly of nectar from flowers. While gathering nectar, the butterflies pick up pollen on their feet and wings and transfer it to neighbouring flowers and plants, continuing the life cycle of many plants that other animals depend on for survival.
Clever daddy snapped this beautiful butterfly
  • As caterpillars, some butterflies eat aphids in addition to leaves, removing the destructive aphids and helping to control their population. Some adult butterflies eat rotten fruit, helping to break it down and assisting in the composting process.
  • They provide great pleasure to people in the garden which is an added bonus.

Upcycle Your Own Butterfly Garden
M&D love to do a bit of upcycling and I have decided to have a go myself. Daddy recently had to replace the wheels on his trailer. He used the old tyres to make this funky container for our deck:

So we were left with the wheel rims and I was sure we could do something cool with them too. We turned them upside down, found a pot which fitted perfectly in the hole in the middle and then filled the pot and the ridge of the wheel with compost. 

Sowing the butterfly seeds in the upcycled wheels
We got a packet of butterfly seeds and sowed these and waited for the magic to happen. We didn't have to wait long - soon our wheels were filled with pretty flowers to attract both bees and butterflies! 

The wheel packed with butterfly friendly flowers

Kabloom - Throw a Butterfly Bomb!
The wonderfully clever people at kabloom make really cool "seedboms". Not only do you get to throw a bomb in your garden (that doesn't happen every fay, does it?!) it is filled with lots of lovely seeds which grow into pretty flowers which attract butterflies.

The butteflybom from kabloom
Kabloom have a great range of different types of "bombs" and they make lovely gifts too. You can even buy a catapult to sling your bomb with - cooooool! I will be telling you more about the "Catnipbom" in a future blog. 

Me throwing my butterflybom into the garden

Butterfly Clothes Pegs
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good ole craft project. And what better than to take advantage of this lovely summery weather and to make it in the garden with my BFF Euan. Here's how:

You will need:
  • A wooden clothes peg
  • Paint & brushes
  • Card
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Colouring in pens, sequins or whatever you want to use for decorating your butterfly
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • A pipe cleaner
To make:

1. Paint your clothes peg whatever colour(s) you wish and leave to dry.

Euan and I painting our pegs

2. Draw wings on your card to suit the size of your clothes peg. It's easier to attach the wings if you draw them on one piece of card with a space in the middle which you can glue your peg onto (rather than trying to attach two separate wings.)

3. Decorate your wings using your pens, paint, accessories or whatever you wish.

Decorating our wings
4. Once dry, glue your clothes peg onto your wings.

5. Make two antenna out of the pipe cleaner and tuck it between the peg and the wings before the glue dries.

What a pretty butterfly
6. Add your googly eyes.

There you have it, a gorgeous butterfly to cheer up the inside of your home too!

Our pretty butterflies in the sunshine

So, have I persuaded you to love the butterfly yet Auntie Kathleen?...

Hugs & kisses,

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