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Wordless Wednesday

Buckeye or Junonia coenia


Monarch Butterfly

Here’s a few photos of a Monarch Butterfly that I chased around my garden yesterday.  It kept flitting from one bloom to another.  Happy Friday!  Hope everyone has a nice weekend.  🙂

American Lady Butterfly

Tell me if I’m wrong, but this pretty flying flower looks like the American Lady.  I studied my guidebook several times to get a positive id.  Fortunately it was quite happy with posing prettily for me on my Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ so I was able to get several shots.  These two were my favorites so I thought I would share them with all of you.  🙂

Subjects of interest

WordPress has an interesting feature in my dashboard that lists the Top Searches for the week.  Here’s what was searched on my blog this past week:

Autumn Fern

The Autumn Fern which has had several posts dedicated to it over the past couple of years was a subject of interest lately.  This is a wonderful addition to the shady areas of the garden.  

Swallowtail Butterfly on Coneflowers

 Another popular search subject on my blog is Butterflies.  It’s popular with me too.  Afterall I’ve devoted over 30 posts to these beautiful creatures.  From caterpillars to the plants that attract them, to just photos of these flying-flowers, I’ve done it all I think. 

'Blue Kentucky' Pole Beans

Pole Beans are a topic that generates numerous searches on my blog year round.  I’ve shown you how I grew mine in large plastic tubs with upside tomato cages as supports in one of my veggie-garden-updates


Last but not least the most searched topic was the ornamental shrub Forsythia.  Mine is a focal point that I can see from my bedroom window.  It dresses up the work corner of my yard with the firewood as an accent. 😉  I’ve also cut stems to force into bloom indoors. What were your most searched subjects of interest lately?

Painted Lady & Pretty Blooms

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun

This Painted Lady or Vanessa cardui was flittering around in my garden this past Sunday enjoying the Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ as well as these pink Zinnias.  It was a warm day for the end of October and I was happy to capture this flying beauty from every angle possible since it was posing so prettily for me.  In addition while the weather was being so cooperative I did some cleanup in the veggie beds, trimmed back a few spent perennials and mowed the backyard.  I just love how great everything looks when the grass is freshly mowed.  It’s like the icing on the cake to me.  So did everyone get all their fall tasks done yet?  Not me, still alot to do, but I’m knocking it out alittle each day.  Hopefully come the end of this month I’ll be done.  Then I will enjoy hibernating indoors for a couple of months dreaming of a new season and all the potential it holds.  🙂

If you plant it, they will come

(From upper L-R: Monarch Caterpillar, Butterfly Weed, Milkweed Aphids and Monarch Caterpillar)

It’s inevitable that if you plant Butterfly Weed or Milkweed you will find these critters grazing on your plants.  The Aphids can be chased away with a simple squirt from the garden hose or you can leave them for the Ladybugs to eat.  Either way the cycle of life goes on and on.  My single plant did so well this summer in the garden that I went out and bought two more of these reblooming perennials.  I was going to wait until fall to plant but decided that if I gave them alittle extra attention this month they would probably be fine.  And so far they are doing really well, obviously since the caterpillars are happily munching away on them.  🙂

Birds and Butterflies

(From upper L-R across & down: Cooper's Hawk, Swallowtail butterflies mating, Goldfinch and Monarch Butterfly)

Another shot of the same Monarch Butterfly

 Sorry about the Hawk shot being so blurry.  I took this through my kitchen window, so that Spaz wouldn’t scare it away.  The Swallowtails were high up in the Pecan tree doing their thing so I had to zoom in to capture them.  😉  The Monarch wasn’t being too cooperative so I kept a distance and zoomed in as well.  Tried to capture it with the beautiful wingspread but it was flitting about too much.  The Goldfinch was a nice surprise since I haven’t too many of them this summer.  After I took this pic a few more showed up and then Spaz started barking.  She really makes capturing wildlife photos a bit of a challenge.  Have a nice weekend everyone!!!