Big Bright Butterfly

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Big Bright Butterfly

Project 2013-10-02 02:41:57 +1300

To create a butterfly garden with a difference - shaped like a butterfly and filled with a kaleidoscope of colourful nectar plants - to inspire young and old people alike to look after New Zealand's butterflies when they come on school visits or from gardening clubs etc.

The garden all laid out and ready to go - but how much will the seeds and plants cost - compost and bird netting and all those sundry other things that are required when you're working on a new project. Compost is home-made. The mulch should mean that the garden won't dry out over the summer.


The finished article should attract butterflies and bees, so very environmentally friendly.

I will be constructing this with the help of volunteers and friends. The space is about 10m x 4m. It will be completed by the end of October 2013, and should be in place all summer.



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Updates 6

Sunday, 20 October

25/10/2013 at 5:34 AM

I wasn't meant to come home this weekend but during the week (I was working five hours away) it just got too much for me. I was in a part of the country where there was horrific wind and rain. What was happening to my garden back home: would I get home in a few weeks to find it had been blown and washed away? Or would the weather be the opposite and everything had died due to lack of water?

So I came home and was so pleased I did. There hadn't been much rain and so the first thing I did was water. Now already I can see some of the wildflower seeds have sprouted: the California poppies look like grass, only a few millimetres long. But I recognise them!Does it look any different to you? Isn't it exciting... I can't wait to see it next - I go away again tomorrow but only for three days. Back on Wednesday 23 October. Another update then!



Photos can be seen on my website http://madambutterfly.grdev.co.nz/mb/2013/10/20/the-big-bright-butterfly-4/ or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151647795231615.1073741829.609006614&type=1&l=bdcee68f5b


Reached photo limit!

11/10/2013 at 7:27 AM

I'm going to have to take some of the photos down as I've reached my limit... so if anyone is interested there are more photos on my Facebook account.

https://www.facebook.com/jacqui.knight.3591

Friday 11 October

24/10/2013 at 9:00 AM

Yesterday we (helper Haleigh and I) found the perfect plants for the body of the butterfly at Oratia Native Plants called Leptinella pusilla.


(photo deleted because number of photographs exceeded)



It is like a little fern, tiny little fern, each little front is a few centimetres long. Generally it looks purple-grey or bronze but then you can see all sorts of other colours in it too. You can see it here on the NZ Plant Conservation Network website (better photos):

http://nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=917

Haleigh planted it today and it's looking awesome. It was a grey day, there had been quite a few heavy showers overnight, and now it's raining again - perfect!




Monday 8 October

08/10/2013 at 3:42 PM

Yesterday scattered the wildflower seeds in between the plants in The Butterfly Garden. (This is not to be confused with the rest of the gardens around my home, which are just plain butterfly gardens - planted up to attract butterflies and other flying insects: with host plants for various species to lay their eggs, shelter and protection from predators for caterpillars, and masses of colour and perfume to attract them to the space, planted to catch maximum sunlight.)

I watered the seeds in with a soft spray from the hose, and then later using the watering can gave them another dose with water containing a dollop of my home-made manure in the can.

Then last night a torrential deluge of rain... I hope that they have survived that and not been washed away. Some of the species used: Scabiosa 'Ritz Blue', Phacelia campanularia 'California Bluebell' and Centarurea (Cornflower) (blue), Adonis aestivalis 'Pheasant's Eye', Eschscholzia Californica 'Red Chief', Coreopsis tinctoria 'Dwarf Red' (red), Eschscholzia Californica and Coreopsis tinctoria 'Dwarf Bicolour' (orange), all available from Wildflower World. See all of these on their website: http://www.gardenpost.co.nz/wildflower-world/

Sunday 7 October

08/10/2013 at 10:09 AM

Oh no! Can a dog look sheepish?

Free to good home: BONNIE. She had found a beautiful big bone I gave her a few days ago and buried, black from the damp soil, and thought she'd found a BETTER place to bury it.

I looked out the window and she was standing in the middle of the Big Bright Butterfly, yes, on top of the bird netting, ready to dig a New Better Hole for her Bone...

Saturday 6 October

24/10/2013 at 9:01 AM

My project is off the ground. With the help of Jou-Jou we removed all the weeds (mainly kikuyu), lined the "ground level" with newspaper, and turned all the soil again. Then we've planted rows and rows of seedlings in waves of colour: blue, purple, red, orange and yellow. 

Previously birds had enjoyed using the empty bed as a place to dig for worms. I didn't want them scratching out the seedlings, so the whole thing has been covered with bird netting, suspended on bamboo stakes which I've covered with empty plastic cups (otherwise the netting would slip down the bamboo stakes).

(photo deleted because number of photographs exceeded)


I still have to decide on the butterfly's body... I was thinking Mondo grass but it doesn't like full sunlight. Same with Thuja species. Ideas please!

Also: more supporters required... The aim is to have a display garden where ANYONE can come and get inspired to make gardens a better place for butterflies, bees and birds.

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    Hilary Bisschops
    2013-10-12 14:46:20 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-10-08 07:25:14 +1300

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    Big Bright Butterfly

    Project 2013-10-02 02:41:57 +1300

    To create a butterfly garden with a difference - shaped like a butterfly and filled with a kaleidoscope of colourful nectar plants - to inspire young and old people alike to look after New Zealand's butterflies when they come on school visits or from gardening clubs etc.

    The garden all laid out and ready to go - but how much will the seeds and plants cost - compost and bird netting and all those sundry other things that are required when you're working on a new project. Compost is home-made. The mulch should mean that the garden won't dry out over the summer.


    The finished article should attract butterflies and bees, so very environmentally friendly.

    I will be constructing this with the help of volunteers and friends. The space is about 10m x 4m. It will be completed by the end of October 2013, and should be in place all summer.



    Comments

    Sunday, 20 October

    25/10/2013 at 5:34 AM

    I wasn't meant to come home this weekend but during the week (I was working five hours away) it just got too much for me. I was in a part of the country where there was horrific wind and rain. What was happening to my garden back home: would I get home in a few weeks to find it had been blown and washed away? Or would the weather be the opposite and everything had died due to lack of water?

    So I came home and was so pleased I did. There hadn't been much rain and so the first thing I did was water. Now already I can see some of the wildflower seeds have sprouted: the California poppies look like grass, only a few millimetres long. But I recognise them!Does it look any different to you? Isn't it exciting... I can't wait to see it next - I go away again tomorrow but only for three days. Back on Wednesday 23 October. Another update then!



    Photos can be seen on my website http://madambutterfly.grdev.co.nz/mb/2013/10/20/the-big-bright-butterfly-4/ or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151647795231615.1073741829.609006614&type=1&l=bdcee68f5b


    Reached photo limit!

    11/10/2013 at 7:27 AM

    I'm going to have to take some of the photos down as I've reached my limit... so if anyone is interested there are more photos on my Facebook account.

    https://www.facebook.com/jacqui.knight.3591

    Friday 11 October

    24/10/2013 at 9:00 AM

    Yesterday we (helper Haleigh and I) found the perfect plants for the body of the butterfly at Oratia Native Plants called Leptinella pusilla.


    (photo deleted because number of photographs exceeded)



    It is like a little fern, tiny little fern, each little front is a few centimetres long. Generally it looks purple-grey or bronze but then you can see all sorts of other colours in it too. You can see it here on the NZ Plant Conservation Network website (better photos):

    http://nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=917

    Haleigh planted it today and it's looking awesome. It was a grey day, there had been quite a few heavy showers overnight, and now it's raining again - perfect!




    Monday 8 October

    08/10/2013 at 3:42 PM

    Yesterday scattered the wildflower seeds in between the plants in The Butterfly Garden. (This is not to be confused with the rest of the gardens around my home, which are just plain butterfly gardens - planted up to attract butterflies and other flying insects: with host plants for various species to lay their eggs, shelter and protection from predators for caterpillars, and masses of colour and perfume to attract them to the space, planted to catch maximum sunlight.)

    I watered the seeds in with a soft spray from the hose, and then later using the watering can gave them another dose with water containing a dollop of my home-made manure in the can.

    Then last night a torrential deluge of rain... I hope that they have survived that and not been washed away. Some of the species used: Scabiosa 'Ritz Blue', Phacelia campanularia 'California Bluebell' and Centarurea (Cornflower) (blue), Adonis aestivalis 'Pheasant's Eye', Eschscholzia Californica 'Red Chief', Coreopsis tinctoria 'Dwarf Red' (red), Eschscholzia Californica and Coreopsis tinctoria 'Dwarf Bicolour' (orange), all available from Wildflower World. See all of these on their website: http://www.gardenpost.co.nz/wildflower-world/

    Sunday 7 October

    08/10/2013 at 10:09 AM

    Oh no! Can a dog look sheepish?

    Free to good home: BONNIE. She had found a beautiful big bone I gave her a few days ago and buried, black from the damp soil, and thought she'd found a BETTER place to bury it.

    I looked out the window and she was standing in the middle of the Big Bright Butterfly, yes, on top of the bird netting, ready to dig a New Better Hole for her Bone...

    Saturday 6 October

    24/10/2013 at 9:01 AM

    My project is off the ground. With the help of Jou-Jou we removed all the weeds (mainly kikuyu), lined the "ground level" with newspaper, and turned all the soil again. Then we've planted rows and rows of seedlings in waves of colour: blue, purple, red, orange and yellow. 

    Previously birds had enjoyed using the empty bed as a place to dig for worms. I didn't want them scratching out the seedlings, so the whole thing has been covered with bird netting, suspended on bamboo stakes which I've covered with empty plastic cups (otherwise the netting would slip down the bamboo stakes).

    (photo deleted because number of photographs exceeded)


    I still have to decide on the butterfly's body... I was thinking Mondo grass but it doesn't like full sunlight. Same with Thuja species. Ideas please!

    Also: more supporters required... The aim is to have a display garden where ANYONE can come and get inspired to make gardens a better place for butterflies, bees and birds.

      Hilary Bisschops
      2013-10-12 14:46:20 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-10-08 07:25:14 +1300

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