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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mother Nature Knows Best

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.


Carol said...

You do have a flutterby haven! All looks well at your place. Hugs Carol

Pam's English Garden said...

This is the best time of year for butterflies in my garden, too, Jayne. While I'm sad that summer is coming to an end here, I am thrilled that the monarchs are so prolific, with lots of offspring on the milkweed. P. x

Birdwoman said...

Those butterflies do love lantana, don't they? My yard has been full of butterflies this week, much like yours. Even a workman who was doing some painting for me commented, "You sure have a lot of butterflies in your yard!"

Corner Gardener Sue said...

The lantanas here were slow to get established and bloom, too, but patience has paid off. The same is true for seeing butterflies around. Now, I'm seeing several monarchs and a number of other kinds of butterflies each day.

I scrolled down and saw the photos of the new monarch. Cool!