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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Butterfly Garden Resources

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. They don't grow butterflies at a a butterfly garden.They grow plants that attract butterflies. We went to a Butterfly Garden in Greensville, South Carolina at the Roper Mountain Science Center and we saw a lot of plants that attract butterflies, but we didn't see a lot of butterflies.

The garden was set up really well by the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners Association. Each plant had a sign that told what it was, as well as what butterfly the plant will attract. It was very educational and I definitely want to set up a butterfly garden once I live in a home again.

Our favorite plant was the passion flower. I have never seen it before and it seemed like something from a science fiction movie.

In addition to a couple of butterflies, we did find some eggs and caterpillars which was still fun for Madelyn.

If you are interested in creating your own butterfly garden, this website gives you a map that you can click on to find the types butterflies that populate your state.

This page has a list of butterflies and the plants that they are attracted to.

If you have more information or websites about your own butterfly gardens please share them in the comments below.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Farmers Market in Charleston

We get the opportunity to go to a lot of Farmers Markets as we cross the country in our fifth while. We were lucky enough to be in Charleston when they were having a Farmers Market at Marion Square. The subtropical climate must provide great opportunities for growing because the variety and beauty of the produce in the various stalls was amazing.

There were tomatoes everywhere.

I thought that the white and green asparagus was probably the most beautiful thing at the market.

I wanted to buy all the herbs that I could see but it's hard to have a lot of herbs while living in a fifth wheel.

I know we weren't in Georgia but we were close so I wasn't surprised to see peaches as far as the eye could see.

It makes me so happy to go to Farmers Markets and see so many people that grow such beautiful produce, and seeing so many people that appreciate it. Farmers markets are one of my favorite places to be.

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