Friday, May 24, 2013

Duranta and Larkspur, Blues for Butterflies

Linking to Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday meme. I fertilized this morning: a little Superthrive and Schultz's on my newly planted Heirloom Tomatoes. Fertilizer Friday is a good thing.
A more uncommon Larkspur color, pale lavender, with bright blue.
Pipevine Swallowtails find Consolida ambigua irrestible.

Larkspur is a seed scatterer's dream. Tossed into bulb beds in late fall, they are almost fail-safe.
Seeds are large and easily collected.

Good example of Larkspur intended for disguising ripening daffodil foliage.
On the left is Duranta returning from roots after being killed back in winter.

 Progress in the Front Garden. Near the center is a large Duranta that was not killed back this winter.
Chartreuse Alternanthera is one of my favorite summer annuals. I grow them from cuttings. Purple Heart, another favorite, survived the winter. California Poppies are starting to wane. There's one Black-eyed Susan blossom in the cluster near the center. Madagascar Periwinkle seedlings are up behind the Susans. Lantana at far left is not quite ready to bloom.

Duranta erecta up close with a Swallowtail visiting on the right.
There are a number of common names for this plant including Brazilian Sky Flower and some other names that reflect the golden berries that form when the blooms fade.

Even closer. Duranta lasts all summer. New plants are easily started from cuttings.

There was a Tiger nectaring on Echinacea this morning. They're not far away if you are in the South and coming to your garden soon elsewhere. Have you seen Butterflies yet?


  1. Your garden bed looks wonderful.

  2. The blue is lovely. I hope you see lots of butterflies this summer.

  3. That pale lavender Larkspur is simply gorgeous. I love the combinations in that top shot.

    Your front garden bed is coming along very nicely. Durantas are a very common plant in gardens here as they do so well during long periods of dry weather.


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