May 15: lilac, salvia, and working from the garden

It was warm enough today that I was able to take my laptop outside and work from the garden. Before I settled down with my afternoon coffee and the rest of the day’s work, I took a walk around the garden to check on what’s coming in and what’s blooming.

Dwarf lilac in bloom. It only has this one flower cluster this year.
The yarrow is almost there. Any day now and its flowers will be yellow as buttercups.
Salvia so fresh and pretty 😍
Volunteer dill coming up out back. I’m always happy to see dill come back. I love it with salmon. The swallowtails love it, too.

May 3: buds and butterflies

The sun shone bright today and the temperature reached 80℉. I saw multiple butterflies skitter through the garden: a swallowtail, a monarch, a cabbage butterfly, and an American Painted Lady that actually stopped for a drink.

American Painted Lady on salvia

The salvia and a couple of other herbs are blooming now — rosemary and thyme — while everything else begins to bud. This is always an exciting time that makes me walk the garden and check on everything’s progress every day.

Rosemary in bloom
Thyme in bloom
Yarrow buds
Sage buds
Dianthus in bloom
Scabiosa bud
Volunteer milkweed
Mexican feather grasses (foreground) are my favorite 😍. I hope these to fill in more.

Sep 7: State of the Garden, plus new goldenrod and mums

I wanted to spruce up the garden since many of the summer flowers are starting to fade.

new goldenrod with mature red mums_2187
New goldenrod and mature red mums

little bluestem and mexican feather_0027
Little bluestem grass and Mexican feathergrass

goldenrod mums_0002
New mums and goldenrod

monarch caterpillar_0005
Monarch caterpillar

goldenrod_0001
New goldenrod

swallowtail caterpillars on rue_0017
Swallowtail caterpillars on rue

monarch caterpillar plus aphids_0006
Monarch caterpillar with aphids and milkweed seeds

left and middle back bed_0010
Left and middle back beds

right back bed_0009
Right back bed

front lobe_0023
Front bed

Aug 18: lazy day in the butterfly garden

After working in the garden all day in the heat yesterday, today I’ve spent most of the day laying in the hammock or sitting in one of my three garden-viewing perches, admiring the filled-in beds, photographing butterflies (and a hummingbird!), and watching monarchs and swallowtails lay eggs on the milkweed and rue. It’s a pretty awesome way to spend a Sunday.

swallowtail laying eggs on rue_0097
Swallowtail laying eggs on rue

 

sedum and echinacea_2061
Echinacea and sedum are pretty together

joe pye rue sedum_2060
Joe Pye weed, rue, and sedum (and a swallowtail caterpillar on the rue in the bottom left 🙂 )

mexican sunflwoer_0089
Mexican sunflower

painted lady wings spread_0050
Painted Lady on butterfly bush

hummingbird_0078
Hummingbird! I heard its wings thrum while I was trying to photograph a monarch on the zinnias (see lower right corner). This is the first time I’ve ever come close to photographing a hummingbird.

I saw a buckeye butterfly yesterday too, but I didn’t have my camera so I wasn’t able to photograph it. Buckeyes are gorgeous. I’m going to go back out again now with my book and see what else comes to the garden.