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The butterfly: Ancient symbol of the soul

May the wings of butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on
To bring you luck, happiness, and riches
Today, tomorrow, and beyond.
—-Irish Blessing
The ancient cultures of Greece and Rome believed the butterfly was a symbol for the soul. In Christianity, the butterfly symbolizes the resurrection and spiritual transformation of the soul. Easter falls during spring each year, and this is the time of year that the earth renews itself with new growth, and butterflies appear.
There are many plants that attract butterflies to the garden, and all of them are easy to grow.
Here is a list of nectar plants for butterflies: Butterfly weed, Purple Coneflower, Milkweeds, Verbena, Zinnia, Cosmos, Lantana, Ageratum, Aster, Anise, Bee Balm, Marigold, QueenAnne’s Lace, Black—eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Daisy, Goldenrod, Sage, and Yarrow. There are many others, but these do really well in our area.
Some good caterpillar host plants are: Swallowtail butterflies: dill, parsley, fennel, and carrot. Monarchs: Milkweed. Gulf Fritillary: Passionflower. Sulphurs: Clover and Partridge Pea
Your butterfly garden should be in a sunny area of your yard, or a border along your foundation, fence, or driveway.
Several of these flowers do well in containers and can be placed around your patio or pool. You will want to include some large, flat rocks, as butterflies like to bask when they are not busy drinking nectar.
Many of these plants that attract butterflies also attract hummingbirds.
So you will have many winged visitors to your yard this season.
I am hanging my hummingbird feeders March 1 and will be on Black-chin hummingbird watch waiting their return. Life is wonderful for a lot of reasons, and gardening for these gorgeous creatures is close to the top of my list! I hope you will try a few flower pots on your patio or porch or a larger garden if you desire this year.
The rewards are amazing!

Sophie Aue is a life long gardener and a member of the Ennis Garden Club.

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