Fall Planting for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Tammy Brown

Fall Seed Planting

Fall is a busy season at Little Piney.  Fall is the time to plant wildflower seeds, watch bird migration, and work and play outdoors while the weather is as good as it gets.

I’ve had my seed packets in hand for October since spring, but now that planting time is here, it is a challenge to get them in the ground.  Seed bed preparation is time consuming and hard, especially in the fields.  With 90º temperatures persisting into October, working in the sun for hours has been less than appealing.

Two weeks ago, I decided to start in the backyard with the seed mix for Hummingbirds, and the seed mix for  butterflies.  I wanted to create a space for flowers and birds in memory of my bird-and-flower loving mother who died just a year ago this month.  My husband and kids helped turn the soil and remove the straggling bits of grass and vicious burs that survived the dry summer.  Even with five shovels working, the soil for the butterfly and hummingbird gardens took a full day to prepare.

Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

The butterfly garden takes over a circle of sandy soil in the full sun where the previous owners had an above ground pool.

Butterfly Garden Phase 1
Seed Bed for Butterfly Garden

Hummingbirds prefer to be near cover so their garden is nestled in a protected corner.  The iron fence section is for perching and a shallow pink rose Havilland bowl holds water for drinking and bathing.  Mom loved pink roses.

Hummingbird Garden Phase 1
Seed Bed for Hummingbird Garden

The seed is from the Native American Seed Company located in Junction, Texas.

Native American Seed Company
Native American Seed for Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens

Now it’s up to Mother Nature to provide the winter rain and spring sunshine.

Fall Planting Update:

Topo Chico bottle edging in progress and 36 hours of rain:)

Butterfly Garden with Topo Chico Bottles
Garden Edging with Topo Chico Bottles

Hummingbird Photos from Little Piney



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