Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Butterfly List

After years of chasing, standing in the sun and waiting, this year I vowed to stop trying to get photos of butterflies.

That was before A Gulf Fritillary tried to ring the doorbell.

Sometimes they just pose themselves when I'm out there to get pics of flowers, like this Skipper did.

Gulf Fritillaries find Tithonia irresistable

... As did this Giant Swallowtail


... and this Spicebush Swallowtail. We're also seeing Tiger Swallowtails and Pipevine Swallowtails.


Now matter how dry it gets and right now I'm not able to drag out hoses, there's a little nectar somewhere.

I found a dozen little Tersa Sphinx Moth caterpillars on one little Pentas plant in the greenhouse. One had gone into a brown colored instar and was hiding on the back of a sole remaining leaf. They devoured the whole plant while I was not looking. No Pentas outdoors are hosting larvae that I found.

Agalinis plants are plentiful in the meadows and will bloom next month. Buckeyes are out there but they'll be more plentiful in September, laying eggs on False Foxgloves and nectaring on the pink blossoms.

I'm excited to be reminded of the meme Butterfly Bucket List at The Transmutational Garden.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Bloom Day, A Little Late

When Bloom Day came, I was between a hospitalization and going for surgery. I cared less if my lovely blossoms were missed. I visited as many blogs as I could and didn't make excuses for the lack of a Bloom Day post here.

Zinnias, Melampodium and a tattered Swallowtail.

Thithonia

Fianlly Duranta

Julia Child. Carefree Delight has a handful of blooms, too.

Most Zinnias turned out in shades of yellow. Love this one.

Pentas finally started good bloom, here with Persian Shield.

Cannas are everywhere.

Tecoma stans; Esperanza if you will. 


Melampodium stands up to drought. Sweet Zinnia.

Red Pentas with a Zinnia.
Red Pentas in the greenhouse had 11 little caterpillars on it,
it was nearly eaten when I found it.

I think of Zinnias like this one as 'Sunset Shades'

The weather is dry and some things are wilting. They will have to survive without my help as I can't drag hoses and all hoses were stored so He-Who-Mows can mow while I can't move heavy things. Survival of the fittest.

So glad to be back In the Garden. It is so hard to resist an impulse to bend over and give a weed a hard yank.

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