I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, but with good reason. I have been working hard on a new art collection. Illustrating and building up a small House Fenway shop of home decor items on Etsy. My heart has always been with illustrating. It’s a wonderful outlet for me and has gotten me through some of the toughest times.
I wanted to share with you my latest work, Wildflower Writings Art Collection. It’s a mix of beloved quotes, sentiments, and hand-illustrated flowers. It’s been a fun project to work on and I’m looking forward to expanding on it as the year goes on. These pieces are available for purchase on my new Etsy shop.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers including white daisies, yellow snapdragons, and purple thistles. A great little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.
“You belong among the wildflowers.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a bouquet of white daisies. An elegant little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.
“Love Grows Here.” This simple yet empowering quote is delicately illustrated among a variety of wildflowers including white daisies, yellow snapdragons, and red poppies. A great little print to display on its own or to add to a gallery wall.
“Grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” The perfect gift to give that special person that makes others happy and is a true “Charming Gardener” of the soul.
• Made of high-quality white organic cotton/linen fabric
• Back trim features a deep plum purple accent
• Loop ribbon for hanging
My garden is a very busy place these days! Butterflies, bumble bees, hummingbirds — all bustling around pollinating their little butts off. I’ve really enjoyed watching all of the activity and wanted to share a little research I did on the Top 10 Butterfly Garden Plants. I plan on expanding my garden next year and want to be informed on what I should be on the lookout for. This is the perfect time of year to pick up some clearance perennials at the garden center, save a little money and help foster a healthy ecosystem.
10. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
A common perennial used in flower pots and garden borders, this flower is great for butterflies, humming birds and honey bees.
(Nectar & Host) : Cabbage White, Common Buckeye, Grey Hairstreak, Pearl Crescent, Swallowtail
9. Daisies (Leucanthemum)
This classic summer flower attract butterflies as well as serving as a host plant.
(Nectar & Host) : American Painted Lady, Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Mourning Cloak, Painted Lady, Queen, Red Admiral, Pearl Crescent, Sachem
8. Goldenrod (Solidago)
Goldenrod, a fall bloomer, attracts native pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden. It’s beautiful golden color adds a needed pop of color to a late Summer/Fall garden.
(Nectar) : American Painted Lady, American Snout, Clouded Sulphur, Common Sulphur, Great Swallowtail, Gorgone Checkerspot, Monarch, Painted Lady, Pearl Crescent, Red Admiral, Red-Banded Hairstreak, Sachem, Viceroy
7. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Another long-blooming summer perennial that butterflies love! Fun fact!: The black-eyed susan have an invisible (to humans) pattern on their petals that only butterflies (with ultraviolet vision) can see. How cool is that?
(Nectar) : American Snout, Great Spangled Fritillary, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Orange Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Sachem, Silvery Checkerspot, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Spring and Summer Azure, Variegated Fritillary
Verbena is also drought tolerant, make a great choice for rock gardens or planting in cracks between stones. Verbena are the ideal plant to cascade over retaining walls, containers, baskets, and window boxes. This versatile flower is perfect for any butterfly garden and it’s clusters bloom all season long.
(Nectar) : American Lady, Black Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Common Buckeye, Clouded Skipper, Clouded Sulphur, Crossline Skipper, Dun Skipper, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Fiery Skipper, Gray Hairstreak, Great Southern White, Great Spangled Fritillary, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Horace’s Duskywing, Least Skipper, Little Glassywing, Monarch, Ocola Skipper, Orange Sulphur, Painted Lady, Pecks Skipper, Pearl Crescent, Pipevine Swallowtail, Red-Banded Hairstreak, Red Spotted Admiral, Sachem, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Silvery Checkerspot, Swallowtail, Tawny-edged Skipper, Variegated Fritillary, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Zabulon, Zebra Longwing, Zebra Swallowtail
Lantana are full of color — bright and cheery. Their blooms last all season long and they attract both butterflies and humming birds to your garden.
(Nectar) : Cabbage White, Fiery Skipper, Great Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Little Glassywing, Monarch, Red Admiral, Sachem, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Skipper, Spicebush Swallowtail, Swallowtail, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Zebra Longwing
Salvias come in a wide range of colors, are drought tolerant and their bloom life is exceptionally long. They not only attract butterflies but hummingbirds as well!
Asters are a late summer and fall blooming perennial and not only attract butterflies for the nectar but also as a host plant. They are a daisy-like perennial with star-shaped flower head and come in a wide range of varieties, colors and sizes.
(Nectar & Host) : American Lady, American Snout, Anise Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Buckeye Butterfly, Cabbage White, Clouded Skipper, Clouded Sulphur, Common Buckeye, Common Checkered-Skipper, Common Sulphur, Eastern Tailed-Blue, Fiery Skipper, Gray Hairstreak, Horace’s Duskywing, Lorquin Admiral, Monarch, Orange Sulphur, Painted Lady, Pearl Crescent, Peck’s Skipper, Question Mark, Red Admiral, Red-Banded Hairstreak, Sachem, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Sleepy Orange, Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Viceroy, West Coast Lady
2. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)
This widely versatile perennial can be planted almost everywhere in the US and attracts a ton of butterflies. Purple coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are attractive and hearty flowers that not only draw butterflies to your garden but songbirds too!
(Nectar) : American Lady, Banded Hairstreak, Black Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper, Common Wood-nymph, Eastern Tailed Blue, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Fiery Skipper, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Great Spangled Fritillary, Gulf Fritillary, Hayhurst’s Scallopwing, Horace’s Duskywing, Little Glassywing, Monarch, Orange Sulphur, Painted Lady, Pearl Crescent, Peck’s Skipper, Red Admiral, Red-Banded Hairstreak, Red-Spotted Admiral, Sachem, Silvery Checkerspot, Silver-Spotted Skipper, Spicebush Swallowtail, Swallowtail, Tawny-edge Skipper, Variegated Fritillary, Viceroy, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Zabulon
1. Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
The name says it all, Butterfly Bush is hands down the best plant for attracting butterflies to your yard. Each plant can support hundreds of butterflies feeding on it at one time. Beautiful, fast-growing, deciduous shrub with masses of blossoms that bloom from summer to autumn.
To all the “Crazy Plant” people out there, this list is for you. I’ve been slowly turning my black-thumb into a green one and my obsession with plants is turning into just that — and obsession. So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gardening and plant loving products I’ve found while converting myself into a “Crazy Plant Lady”.
A great container for succulents, air plants, orchids and ferns. These trendy little containers are compact and would fit perfect on a windowsill or end table. Gift idea alert…these terrariums are easy to transport and would make a fantastic housewarming gift or birthday gift for a true green thumb!
Floral shears are great for deadheading, shaping, pruning and houseplant maintenance; This compact design allows you to easily use in dense foliage without damaging the plant. And could this vintage-inspired set be any cuter?
Made by Terrain. Handmade from lightweight and breathable cotton, this colorful crusher hat is perfect for a day at the beach or in the garden. Packable construction pairs with UPF 50 sun protection and an inner drawstring to assure a comfortable fit.
Celebrate your inner “Crazy Plant Lady”! Fun and whimsical artwork to go along with your ever growing plant collection. This print illustration measures 8″x10″, printed on a thick, high-quality matte stock, and includes a heavy-gauge backer board, ready to frame.