Tag Archives: butterflies

Save the Monarch Butterflies

By Maria Lamb Monarch butterflies feed primarily on milkweed plants (asclepias species). But if you are not careful, you could accidentally be poisoning the insects you are trying attract to your yard. According to Donna Kay, a Master Gardener and member of the Calusa Garden Club, “If you are into butterflies, do not buy any butterfly host plants from big ... Read More »

Supporting Lupus Awareness

Submitted The Marco Island/Naples Lupus Support Group held a Purple Party in the Park at Sugden Regional Park in Naples on March 11. The purpose of the gathering was to raise awareness and help raise funds for research of the cruel and unpredictable malady. Approximately 250 people turned out to offer support and walk the one and a half mile ... Read More »

Avow Butterfly Release March 25, 2017 

The community is invited to join Avow at Cambier Park, Naples on Saturday, March 25, 2017 for its 12th annual Butterfly Release event. Festivities begin at 10 AM and will include children’s activities and a walk-through butterfly exhibit showcasing hundreds of live butterflies. Beginning at noon, a community memorial service will include inspirational readings, music, and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of ... Read More »

Fate, Love and Choice

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com When I was 16, I worked as a clerk in a grocery store in my Iowa hometown. I earned about $2.35 an hour, and over the course of a week, I might clear twenty bucks. I liked the independence of having money in my pocket and in my bank account. But mostly I ... Read More »

Arts Gala Helps Define the Soul of Marco Island

By Joan Gerberding The great Roman philosopher, Cicero, was credited with saying: “I have put out my books and now my house has a soul.” Perhaps il signor Cicero won’t mind if I steal his words, his philosophy on life, and add that once we put out our books, our paintings, our sculptures, our photographs, our art, our homes have ... Read More »

Ideas Will Bloom at the 2016 Yard and Garden Show

Do you want to learn more about unique container gardening ideas or micro irrigation? Or you simply want to learn how to successfully grow tomatoes on a small space? Explore all this and more at the 14th Annual SW Florida Yard and Garden Show, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, ... Read More »

Butterflies Thrive at Calusa Park

Submitted “If you plant nectar plants, butterflies will come,” remarked Calusa Garden Club member Susan LaGrotta. Calusa Park’s Butterfly Garden on Winterberry Drive is thriving, attracting a kaleidoscope of butterflies sipping the sweets from their favorite nectar plants and laying their eggs on the plentiful hosts plants. This small gem of a garden is maintained year- round by members of ... Read More »

MIA Art Students Strike Gold at Arts Center Gala

By Barry Gwinn Girl with Butterflies,” by Brenda Perez, was inspired by a Taylor Swift song. The Marco Island Center for the Arts (the “Arts Center”) started 40 years ago. It describes itself as a “cultural center available to those who wish to enrich their lives and those of others, and to create a greater sense of purpose in life.” ... Read More »

Local Gem

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber The joy of discovering someplace new doesn’t always have to involve a long car, train, ship, or plane ride. In the past, I’ve written a few columns on some of the wondrous places right in our own backyard including Shark Valley, Loop Road, and Bird Swamp Rookery. Following all of the rain we had earlier this ... Read More »

Knuckle Island

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I sort-of kind-of touched on this subject a while back, and it’s a real complicated problem – practically epidemic – and it’s something I deal with every single day in the shop. The process of making a nice diamond ring sale can be a challenge, as you may have gathered if you read my last ... Read More »

Gardens Summer Survivors

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Summer is here and it came quickly! One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what will grow and flower here in Naples and South Florida during the summer months? Summer in Florida is one of the most trying times, not just for us human beings who are bombarded with constant panic weather forecasts ... Read More »

Unique Florida Butterflies

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com The butterfly season here in Florida is a long one, actually all year. June begins an all-out attract of all types of Florida butterflies on the host plants (plants butterflies lay their eggs on and sustain their caterpillars on their way to butterfly hood). In the butterfly gardens all over south Florida people are calling, emailing ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy We are lucky here in South Florida. Our butterfly population flourishes during the summer months due to our hot, tropical weather. And because it stays relatively warm, even during the winter months, we have a healthy year-round butterfly population. There are, however, a few butterflies that still migrate during the winter season. The Monarch is one of ... Read More »

Gardenias

By Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Along with the yellow Tabebuia trees that are blooming all around town in early spring, the gardenias begin blooming. My gardenia facing east started blooming two months ago, and is still going strong. Remember when people ask when gardenias are supposed to bloom to tell them spring to early summer is usually the time, but I ... Read More »

The Angels Have Arrived

Plant Talk Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com One of late spring and summer show stopping plants that is showing its face all around South Florida is the Angels Trumpet or (Brugmansia spp.) Also blooms in the fall. You would have to be blind folded driving around Naples and Marco not to see these landscape gems. This plant is in the Solanaceae family, ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

Plant Talk By Mike Malloy For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in southwest Florida that can also ... Read More »

Bromeliads in the South Florida Landscape

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Bromeliads are finally getting the attention they deserve. Until recently, they were only popular with a small segment of house-plant enthusiasts. Today, bromeliads are prized tropical treasures in many Southwest Florida landscapes and public and private gardens. Featuring a wide range of color, leaf shapes and textures, bromeliads are as beautiful as they are hardy. If ... Read More »

“Discover Tigertail” – Delightful and Educational FOT Event

Submitted Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, co-chairs of “Discover Tigertail”, organized and executed a delightful and successful Friends of Tigertail Beach event on Saturday, February 21, 2015. “Discovery Tigertail” is a free family program that addresses the marine life and other wildlife that inhabit the Tigertail Beach lagoon. Specialists were from Rookery Bay, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the ... Read More »

Gardening for Bees

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com Honeybees are more important than most people realize. Hundreds of crops that we have come to love and also dislike rely on the honey bee for pollination. It’s estimated that the sum of approximately fifteen billion dollars annually, is the value of the honey bees work in the United States agriculture industry. About one third of ... Read More »