July 27: flower beds in bloom, big butterflies arrive

I’m not seeing a lot of caterpillars (zero, actually), but the big swallowtails and the monarchs are finally here. I see hummingbirds every day, as well, though I’m never able to photograph them.

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Tiger swallowtail on Miss Ruby butterfly bush
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Tiger swallowtail on zinnia
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Monarch on milkweed

The wildflowers are finally hitting their stride. The blue forget-me-nots, pink cleome, and yellow calendula came up from seeds dropped last year by their predecessors.

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Volunteer cleome (spider plant) and forget-me-nots
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I like the way this little wildflower bed is turning out

I wanted to get some pictures of the full beds rather than just closeups, too, so that in winter and spring when I can’t remember what it all looked like, I’ll have something to remember the garden by.

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Back butterfly / hummingbird bed from top of hill
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Back beds from deck, where I eat lunch or drink cocktails and watch the garden
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The remainder of the back butterfly and hummingbird garden

 

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