To celebrate Earth Day, we attended a butterfly release at a new Pollinator Garden at our local Whole Foods Market. My son got to "unwrap" the sleeping Painted Lady Butterfly and release her into the garden. There was plenty of fruit out for the new baby butterflies to enjoy their first meal. "Our" butterfly immediately flew over to a piece of mango and began to chow down on the nectar. The Market is working in conjunction with a local nursery to build the Pollinator Garden to encourage bees, butterflies and birds to flock there in a safe atmosphere. There were free popsicles too, which delighted my little guy!
At home we planted some seeds in egg cartons to get started for replanting in our garden in mid May after the danger of frost. We'll hopefully have some sunflowers, basil, poppies, strawberries and coleus growing. I have many more seed packets to plant, but they will have to be sowed directly into the ground in May.