Our August  GREEN POWER HOUR is scheduled for Monday, August 10th from 5-6 p.m.  We can get a lot done in an hour.

                  MEETING SCHEDULE                     
  Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 15th at noon.  We meet in the library conference room. Join us for a  brown bag lunch and discussion of how plans are progressing.

  We'll have a morning work day before the
 meeting, starting at 9:00 a.m.
                               Everyone welcome!

                       2015 WORK DAYS                       
Put it on your calendar now.....                        
    workdays are the third Saturday of the    
        month starting at 9 a.m.                             
              Green Power Hour 5-6 p.m.                
                   second Monday of the month.     

A great source of native plants is Bear Wallow Native Plants and Nursery.   Nancy Fink, owner, is an active member of the Marshall Native Plants Initiative.  

Did you know....

.Butterflies are insects.

.A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.

.Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves with a special glue.

.Most caterpillars are plant eaters (herbivores).

.A caterpillar’s first meal is its own eggshell. It then spends most of its time eating the leaves of the plant on which it hatched.

.Fully grown caterpillars attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf before shedding their outside layer of skin to reveal a hard skin underneath known as a chrysalis.

.An adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time.

.A butterfly has a small body, made of three parts – the head, thorax and abdomen. Butterflies have two large eyes, which are made of many, many small parts. These are called ‘compound eyes’.

.Butterflies have two antennae on top of their heads, which they use to feel, smell and to hear. A butterfly’s mouth is a long tube, through which it sucks the sweet nectar from flowers. When the butterfly does not want to eat, it rolls the tube up!

....Butterflies have four wings.

.Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet.

.Butterflies have three pairs of legs. Their feet have little claws to help them stand on flowers.

.Butterflies often have brightly colored wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales, sometimes with a hidden ultraviolet pattern to attract mates or sometimes used for protection.

.Butterflies may also see colors in flowers that are not visible to humans. Mass plantings of a flower are more attractive than just one or two of each. Fragrance in flowers is also important.

.Because butterflies are cold-blooded, they need to warm themselves on cool mornings before they can fly. Add a supply of dark rocks or mass of dark pebbles to collect the morning sun for the butterflies to rest and warm up.

.The average lifespan for an adult butterfly is 20 to 40 days. Some species live no longer than 3 or 4 days; others may live up to six months.

.Scientists estimate that there are between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterfly.

.Birdwing butterflies have large, angular wings and fly in a similar way to birds.

.Butterflies are found worldwide except on the continent of Antarctica.

.The greatest threats to butterflies are habitat change and loss of habitat.

What can YOU do to help butterflies??

 Great Success of
Plant & Garden Treasures

Thanks to everyone for visiting our Plant and Garden Treasure Sale.  It was a grand success!  We raised $3500 to continue work on the library property. 


   We've finished installation of the butterfly garden with a wide variety of favorite nectar and host plants for local butterflies. 

  Some of the plants are now blooming!  Look for the red monarda...gorgeous!

    Here are links to what's planted... both woodys (shrubs and trees), that create the year round structure, and perennials which come back even better each year.

Hard to believe this is the sign of a SUCCESSFUL butterfly garden!!!

This is a Mexican Butterfly weed plant, that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the caterpillars!  They were fat and happy and covered the remaining stems when I first saw the plant.  By the time I got the camera, they had moved on. 

This is what the plant looked like to start.

So, my gardening tip for the day.... tuck those HOST plants where you won't be bothered when you see a totally dessimated plant!