I was sitting on the patio in the shade, browsing through the Native American Seed catalog, trying to decide what I want to plant next year, when a flutter of color caught my eye.
I looked up to see this lovely Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes, enjoying the Profusion zinnia.
I have to tell you, whatever I decide to add next year, I'll be sure to include this zinnia! It shrugs off our heat and humidity and the bees, butterflies and even the hummingbirds love it.
And once it goes to seed, I suspect that the sparrows and other birds will enjoy pecking at the seed heads.
This beauty floated around for several minutes, allowing me to go indoors and get the camera to take these shots, and even take a short video.
Now *this*, is why I garden :-)
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Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.