Friday Favorites – 8/26/22

I mentioned in a previous Friday Favorites post that we planted a butterfly garden this year. One of the things I have been enjoying about this garden is that there is just chaos and I can leave it like that and it still looks beautiful and thrives. We haven’t done a lot of weeding, partly because I’m not 100% sure of what is a weed and what isn’t. (Funny story, my husband wanted to pull something he thought was weeds and I thought would end up being flowers. After taking a picture and doing an image search I now know what ragweed looks like. There was a LOT so I’m glad we discovered it early in the season!) It’s been so much fun to watch my giant sunflowers bloom. There are so many bees! It’s wonderful!

We really didn’t know what we were planting other than the sunflowers so had to do an image search more than once. I knew what the dill was, and while I actually used that a few times throughout the summer in the kitchen, for the most part, I let it go to seed because the butterflies were really enjoying having it around. When it comes to flowers, we thought only the zinnias had actually grown. Then, a couple of days ago, I found this beautiful flower in the garden that an image search says is Gazania linearis. Whatever it is, it’s vibrant and fun. It closes up at night and I am tickled by that.

I’m really so glad we decided to plant these sunflowers and the rest of the random seeds to make up this butterfly garden. There is so much I want to do with it next year…some more sunflowers of different sizes, add more zinnias and make sure they’re not all in one spot as they are this year, possibly find another spot for the giant sunflowers. (Did you know sunflowers not only follow the sun, but tend to stay facing east once they bloom? Well, I didn’t know that and now most of my sunflowers are looking over my back fence into the back neighbor’s yard.) This garden has been bringing me so much joy.

I’m open to any tips, tricks, and suggestions for different plants for next year’s butterfly garden. We live in the United States in zone 6.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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