I've been sort of grumbling to myself all summer about our overgrown front border and how the New Gold and White Gold Lantana really weren't doing much. They looked vigorous, and they looked green, but there weren't many blooms. Not as many as I remembered from last year.
I should have realized that Mother Nature knows best. I had been expecting blooms at the wrong time! Just recently, both the New Gold and White Gold started blooming again.
And today, right on time, the annual Dance of the Butterflies seemed to start in earnest.
I love this time of year! This is when I start seeing Gulf Fritillary butterflies, seen here, as well as Buckeyes and Painted Lady butterflies.
This morning I stood in the front garden, in the shade of our young Live Oak tree, and zoomed in on the flowerbed, snapping photos left and right!
The tropical milkweed is coming back into bloom again too, having been trimmed back a couple of weeks ago. This Monarch seems to be enjoying it.
Is it one that hatched in our garden? I guess we'll never know, but I like to think it is.
What butterflies are you seeing in your garden this summer?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.