Tag Archives: Monarch Butterflies

What We Can Do to Help the Monarchs

Everywhere we turn this past month, there is a report in a major newspaper about the declining Monarch butterfly population. This forwarded from one of our GMG readers: “Monarch butterflies keep disappearing. Here’s why,” was published in the Washington Post … Continue reading

Posted in gloucester, Home and Garden | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Where Are All the Monarchs?

Monarchs usually arrive in our region by the first week in July and go through several brood cycles. This year, barely any arrived. The Monarch’s sensitivity to temperature and dependence on milkweed make it vulnerable to environmental changes. Since 1994, … Continue reading

Posted in gloucester, Home and Garden | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

How Exactly is Monsanto’s Roundup Ravaging the Monarch Butterfly Population?

The above photo of a male (right) and female (left) Monarch Butterflies on Marsh Milkweed is part of the GMG/Cape Ann Giclee show opening tonight. I am often asked the following question at my butterfly and pollinator garden design lectures. … Continue reading

Posted in Chickity check it!, gloucester, Home and Garden, Things to do | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Have Prius–Can Do!

I wrote this post several days ago. Westport was hit very hard by Sandy. Let’s hope Westport is spared coastal flooding from Hurricane Sandy This upcoming planting week for my newest project, The Mary Prentiss Inn, a beautiful inn in … Continue reading

Posted in Chickity check it!, Home and Garden | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Butterflies are migrating

Walking on Shore Road on Saturday, it was amazing seeing this beautiful soaring butterflies all over the bushes.

Posted in Home and Garden | Tagged | 8 Comments

When to Mow Your Fields for Butterflies and Other Beneficial Insects From Kim Smith

Recently a design colleague wrote inquiring as to the best time to mow her client’s fields as she was concerned about disrupting the breeding cycle of the Monarch butterfly. I am often asked this question and it is well worth … Continue reading

Posted in Chickity check it! | Tagged , | Leave a comment

KIM SMITH- Northward Migrating Monarch Butterflies Arrive to Good Harbor Beach and to Our Garden!

To read the full story, with many more photos than I can attach to the newsletter, click here for blog. While snapping a photo of the divinely scented honeysuckle embowering the outside shower… I spotted our first female Monarch butterfly … Continue reading

Posted in Chickity check it! | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Chickity Check It! Kim Smith Has Updated Her Monarch Butterfly Postings

From Kim- Dear Gardening Friends, The attached article on common milkweed has been updated and I’ve added video footage filmed in our garden to my blog. Look for the “twin” caterpillars,” “twin” # 2 pupating, and a gorgeous Monarch butterfly … Continue reading

Posted in Chickity check it! | Tagged , , | Leave a comment