The beautiful battered veteran

This beautiful old butterfly arrived in my garden early March 2018. She spent at least 45 minutes in my garden before she eventually flew away.

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Caring for your Swan Plants (Milkweed)

Caring for your swan plants over winter months

Swan plants (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) originate from the Asclepiadiae family, which is a species of Milkweed.  Most Swan plants survive the winter if they have been cared for and nourished with water and re potted either to a larger pot or into the ground. Sometimes Swan plants struggle to grow back if completely chewed back by the hungry caterpillars. 

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Chrysalides: The Good and the Bad

I often get many questions and people email me photos of their chrysalides that they are not sure about. I thought I would share my knowledge and experience with chrysalides with everyone.  These chrysalides below are all healthy, you will notice the wings of the monarch a couple of days before emergence begins. It just so happens I must take most of my photos after the rain has stopped, this is not the chrysalis sweating! Read More

Guest Speaker – Book Me

Book me for as a guest speaker at your next garden club night, rotary club or Lions club.  I will talk all about raising caterpillars, monarchs and caring for the swan plants once they have been demolished so they will replenish again for the next batch of caterpillars. I will guide you how to create that perfect butterfly garden at home or a school or local business.

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Why I do what I do

I’m sitting here in my garden (my office) in the shade with heaps of Monarchs fluttering around me, wanting to be seen, and it makes me feel so blessed and happy. I regularly get asked why I do what I do and what started me off on this journey raising awareness and caring for Monarch butterflies.

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Healthy Caterpillars and Swan Plants

I had my first successful chrysalis of the season this week!! I’m so far behind this year. I had heaps of caterpillars, but I lost many within 24hrs due to my next door neighbour who booked in the spider proofing man round to her house!! Chemicals were sprayed a few metres from all of my swan plants in one of the windiest North West Canterbury spring days!!

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Butterfly & Bee Garden Evening

Join us for a fun and informative evening where we will discuss how you can establish a butterfly garden in your garden or school. This will be a great evening and is a must-attend event for gardeners and teachers that would like to enhance their school gardens and have an area dedicated to attracting bees and butterflies or simply want to know more about raising Monarch butterflies at home or in the classroom. Read More

Kiwi Gardener Article

It was a great honour to feature in the Kiwi Gardener Magazine Oct 2017, a 6 page spread too!!  Detailing all my voluntary work in schools planting 4000 swan plants together with the children around the Christchurch schools in Aug/Sept 2017. Read More