NANCY SZERLAG

Gardening: Researching the winter days away for best butterfly plants

Nancy Szerlag
Special to The Detroit News

In response to the newest twist in the COVID-19 pandemic, I am again choosing to play the part of what I call “home alone Joan.” Except for grocery shopping and exercising at a physical therapy establishment, along with working with a personal trainer, I don’t go out much. 

A spicebush swallowtail butterfly feels right at home amid black-eyed Susans and bright pink phlox. Flowers with different colors, shapes and bloom times will encourage a diverse population of butterflies and other pollinators.

I took a very bad fall just as the pandemic hit in 2020   and did some serious spinal damage, so I have hardly been able to garden the past two years. Fortunately, my small but hardy band of volunteers kept the garden looking good, and we are on for another year. 

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