MY GOAL WAS TO ATTRACT/SAVE THE BUTTERFLIES.
My Daughter Josie and I set out a year ago in winter of 2017 to learn what kind of butterflies we could attract to our gardens on our small farm in South East Colorado. My husband, Kevin encouraged us to "Plant it and they will come."
First we found out what kind of butterflies frequent our area but also that their populations are dwindling nation wide along with all pollinators.
So we planted accordingly to attract species with their host plants and favorite nectar plants as food sources.
Milkweed for the monarchs, dill for the swallowtails, snapdragon for the buckeyes, maypops for the fritillaries and pipevine for the pipevine swallowtail.
To our astonishment, everyone of these beautiful butterflies arrived to our garden and carried out its lifecycle.
We even had unexpected species like the Giant Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail , many varieties of blues, border patch and many native bees too numerous to mention. We were amazed at the moths and other awesome bugs that showed up as well.
We kept the gardens completely organic and pesticide free so these pollinators could flourish.
Our big goal now is to extend the gardens into a pollinator plot that is habitat suitable for these precious native species to thrive on a larger scale. A pesticide free 55 acre field devoted strictly to pollinators! A place here in South East Colorado where butterflies, bees and other pollinators can complete there natural life cycle worry free.
Seed for this project is very expensive. We need funds for the purchase of native grass seeds, native wild flower seeds, and host plants for this large project. Your donation would help us plant the host and nectar plants for these butterflies.
We hope the efforts to increase habitat for the dwindling population of pollinators will at least help stabilize their populations in my area. Will you be able to help fund my efforts?
Donors are welcome to visit Lorie's Gardens this Summer and enjoy seeing first hand the beauty and diversity of the butterflies in South East Colorado. Donors will receive a photo of a butterfly from the gardens for you to enjoy showing how you have helped! Thank you for your help in protecting pollinators!
Josie and Lorie