Bring on the Butterfly Garden and Another Surprise Project

I'm so excited y'all!
We started a new project a few days ago...well actually two projects. :)

In our backyard we put in the beginnings of a butterfly garden. 

The plants were carefully chosen to fit a smallish space and to be pleasing to the butterflies.
The blooming plants in the bed include salvia, tickseed or coreopsis, and pincushions, 

We also have milkweed too which is very important but let me be honest...
it's a little too weedy for my perfectionist heart and I'm going to plant it in the greenbelt behind 
our house. Milkweed is the habitat and food source of monarch butterflies. 

My dad and hubby made short order of this project which was quite amazing.
Those rocks you see weighed about 80 lbs. each from the stone yard and had to be sawed and hammered to make smaller pieces. They did all of that!

The three bushes in the back of the photo were again chosen for the butterflies and hummingbirds too. They are Rose Creek Abelias.
The whole bed is about 20 feet long and 4 feet deep. It's small but mighty!

Now let's peek over in another part of the yard...
can you see the paint on the ground?

We are building another pond!!!
Squeal! I'm so happy I can't even begin to put this into words.
We will be working with the nice people at Smartpond on this project to show you the steps
to completing a pond in your yard as a DIY project. :)

That's the update here. Things are green and growing.
What projects do you have at your house?

Want to see some past gardening projects?

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  1. I'm in the process of putting a new fountain in my garden. My son & I are doing it together. We have it set up but now we have to wait a few days for the sealant to cure before we can add is excruciatingly hard to wait! Hopefully we'll have time to finish by the weekend.

  2. You're much farther along than we are here in OK. Pretty flowers! Good to have someone to do that rock stuff for you.

  3. Wow, I am impressed by your new projects and your strong helpers. I love the idea of a garden created just for the butterflies. I have been thinking I need to help out the monarchs too by adding some milkweed to my garden. I had to laugh because I had the same thought about them being a bit too weedy looking. I was trying to figure out where I could camouflage them. Ha! Did you buy your plant at a garden center?
    I still remember your previous pond. It was awesome and I am so happy to hear that you will be enjoying a new one soon. I hope you will keep us posted on your progress.
    No big projects here so far. I was, however, happy to remember to buy zinnia seeds today. Last year I forgot and every time I saw them on someone else's blog I was a bit envious :D. Happy Gardening!

  4. I love that you are planting a butterfly garden! It is going to be so fun to watch the butterflies. Looking forward to seeing your pond!

  5. Couple of handsome men you have there :) Can't wait to see the pond!!

  6. Oh Stacey it is going to be lovely!!! We are trying to decide what flowers to plant to attract the bees(free pollination employees :^) to our garden. Suggestions?????
    Blessings to you,

  7. So glad you're getting your pond!!! How exciting! You'll love your butterfly garden and yep, they LOVE that milk weed!

  8. So exciting! Something I planted in my front yard this Fall is Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata). There was some in the ground at my local nursery and it was covered with very happy butterflies.

  9. Lots of good stuff going on in your yard! You are going to have a regular retreat back there in no time flat...running water and butterflies? Fabulous! I can't wait to see it all come together!

  10. How wonderful!!!! You will so enjoy seeing the butterflies! I used to have a certified back yard habitat back when we were homeschooling and we had butterfly gardens, ponds and all sorts of things that attracted the birds, bees, and butterflies!

  11. How fun. Your photos reminded me to go get Zinnia seeds so I can have those this summer. I can't wait to see the pond! Have a great day, Stacey.

  12. Stacey... your beautiful post makes me miss Texas that much more!! We used to have a butterfly garden in McKinney and I positively loved it. Don't be too hard on your "work crew." Have a great week!!

  13. Stacey,
    I just love, love the energy in this post!
    I am so excited for you, it is all going to be a glorious and beautiful retreat.
    I enjoyed seeing photos of your sweet Dad too:)

  14. Such pretty landscaping! I love that butterfly milkweed!

  15. It's going to be gorgeous! And how lucky to have DIYers in the family. I can't wait to see the finished product. Looks like everyone was having fun, too.

  16. That's going to look spectacular! And so good for the butterflies. I need to work on putting more in my beds. I have creeping lantana that takes over each summer but the butterflies love it. I want some purple coneflowers and milkweed too. Oh, so much to do! I can't wait to see your pond!

  17. Hi Stacey,
    Your dad and hubby are awesome sauce!!!!! What a great job. I love the butterfly garden. I love seeing all the pretty butterflies come to feast on their favorites in the garden. I bet it is a beautiful site.
    Happy New Week.

  18. I love the pin cushion flowers! Such a pretty color! I will be sure and keep this list. The only butterfly loving plant I knew was lantana. I know you are so excited about your new pond! What fun!

  19. Oh, I love a butterfly garden. It is going to be wonderful. And a new pond-you have been a busy girl, Stacey! It's going to be great!

  20. Your garden is so pretty. I wish I had the time (or the green thumb) to work on my gardens but I only get to the bare minimum. Our weather isn't quite warm enough for flowers yet but you've inspired me to clean up my beds this spring. Can't wait!

  21. Always wanted a butterfly garden...I am sure it is going to be beautiful and filled with butterflies!

  22. Your garden looks great, and I can't wait to see the new pond! and I agree about the flower, when they start out like that they do tend to look a bit weedy. But you just wait, I have seen them after they grow and fill out. It's going to be spectacular!

  23. I love butterfly gardens! I planted one with my kindergarten class at school last year and found it was difficult to buy milk weed. Where did you get yours? Looking forward to seeing your pond become reality!

  24. Stacey, I am so excited for you. The butterfly garden is going to be awesome! I find working in the garden so satisfying. There's nothing like seeing the beautiful flowers after so much work. Adding another pond is also wonderful. Soothing water sounds...peaceful and serene. Thanks so much for sharing your exciting new look at DI&DI. xo

  25. What sweet helpers you have in your life,Stacey, and the butterfly garden looks beautiful. The pond will be wonderful addition to your yard. I have a small waterfall and tiny pond, but it's not running right now, and I miss it. I have a work order to have some guys come out and repair it for me.

  26. I know your butterfly garden will be beautiful and one you'll enjoy so much, Stacey. Love the idea of a pond as well...who doesn't love the sight and sound of water in their own yard.
    Mary Alice

  27. I've always wanted a small pond of some sort in the yard. We have a large duck pond out back but it't too far away from the house to enjoy. I can tell you're going to have a gorgeous space when it's all done. I'm glad I haven't planted any flowers yet... it's going to be 29 degrees this weekend... crazy weather!

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