YES! We Have a Butterfly!

Monarch Butterfly

Friday, 10/ 26/ 2011 4:40 pm:  This is an adventure in progress as we watch for our cocoons to hatch.  We never did see this particular cocoon. We did see what we thought was a butterfly dieing. It was laying on the ground. I thought I’d bring the dead butterfly into the house. However, when I touched it, it moved.

Much later I looked again and it was climbing up the sprinkler handle. I immediately got Bill to take a few pictures of it as it quietly sat recuperating from it’s birth and climb. Double click on the picture to get a better view.

I just checked our first cocoon. It is much darker and I can see the outline of the butterfly inside it.

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011 – HERE IT IS!! It’s gorgeous!  We were having breakfast when I looked out on the patio and there on the chair was the just emerged Monarch.

Don’t forget to double-click.

Butterflies are free.

Gail Manishor, author of:
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life



Butterflys, Cacoons & Other Garden Delights

“All my hurts my garden spade can heal.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

2nd Cacoon

My Garden Angel is really excited today as a second cacoon is found on a succulent plant on the patio. We now have one on the new chair and one on the potted succulent. I think it’s very pretty on the orange plant and terra cotta pot.
I’ve also become addicted to Beta Fish and just bought a 2nd fish. It’s a Crown Beta and has beautiful bright red fins. I haven’t decided on a name for the latest. I named the first Moonboy.
 I don’t know how well you can photograph a fish in a bowl. We’ll give it a try.
I now have a name for the Crown Beta. It’s Redfin.
The last of the caterpillars are gone from the Milkweed plants and the seeds are flying around on puff-ball all over the garden and over the fence. Now I am waiting for the butterflies to show up.
I’ll let you know when that happens.
Gail Manishor, RScP
Author of: From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life


Monarch In The Serenity Garden

Monarch Caterpiler

I decided to change the look of the area next to the fence that leads into my Secret Garden. I chose to use silver, orange and purple. This picture is when my Garden Angel first planted the small plants. Boy have things changed. The silver has tripled in size, the red/orange snapdragon have grown also. I also put in 3 blue margarites and  a few purple plants.

A few months ago I planted 2 large milkweed plants which draw butterflies. The yellow and orange flowers complement the yellow  and the yellow and orange Tanzia already there. My Garden Angel (who finally came back for wherever Angels go) got so excited when she saw the Monarch caterpillars crawling all over the plants that her halo practically fell off her head.

Yesterday she suddenly appeared at the back door and her eyes sparkled as she showed me the caterpillar that had attached itself to one of the lawn chairs just outside the back door to the patio. It actually was beginning its cocoon.

I just peeked out in the backyard and we now have our first cocoon!!!



Gail Manishor, Author of

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life