Zora Bernice May Cross
White moon, bright moon, pearling the air,
Spinning your bobbins and fabrics free
Fleet moon, sweet moon, into the sea?
Turquoise and beryl and rings of gold
Clear moon, dear moon, ne'er to be sold?
Roses and lilies, romance and love.
Still moon, chill moon, swinging above?
Slender your feet as a white bird's throat
High moon, shy moon, drifting your boat
Into the murk of the world awhile.
Slim moon, dim moon, adding a smile
Tender your eyes as a maiden's kiss
Fine moon, wine moon, no one knows this.
Under the spell of your witchery
Dream moon, cream moon, first he kissed me.
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- GARDEN UPDATE
- BUILD A BUTTERFLY FRIENDLY GARDEN
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GAMES
BUILD A BUTTERFLY GARDEN
For a spring project that can get your family out in the outdoor backyard in the sunshine-and also help some beautiful insects- try a backyard butterfly garden! With just a little planning you can create an attractive and welcoming habitat for butterflies through the warm weather months.
The biggest problem facing butterflies is destruction of habitat. Even if your garden offers just a few butterfly-friendly blooms in pots or containers, it can help the insects population, and improve the look of your garden.
The choice of nectar-producing plants on which butterflies feed varies by region. Simple flowers such as Echinacea, daisies, asters, butterfly bush and even some violets can serve as butterfly-friendly snacking spots. Even non-invasive milkweeds can be especially appetizing to migrating butterflies, without taking over your yard. Just as little as one or two plants would be great because when the butterflies are moving there's a place for them to stop.
For butterfly-friendly plants that will live in your region, try contacting a nearby cooperative extension office for free advice. Find your closest office here.
There are some important things to remember when planning your butterfly garden. One is understanding that caterpillars, the butterflies offspring, are going to eat host plants, including some herbs and veggie plants. So, plant extra and you'll be rewarded for the sacrifice when caterpillars turn into fluttering butterflies.
While butterflies can get most of the moisture they need from feeding, many like to gather around puddles and wet places. You can offer a 'puddling station' by simply creating a damp area of ground covered with sand. Place stations where butterflies- and you!- can easily see them and where they are sheltered from the wind.
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