The Butterfly Bush seedling I bought at our farmers market a few weeks ago is starting to flower already! I didn’t know if it would the first year, but it appears that it is going to.
The wind was not cooperating with me when I was taking photos, so I didn’t get any close-ups, but you can kind of see that each stalk has a bloom on the end. Huzzah!
The weather the last few days hasn’t been able to make up its mind about what season it is. We had snow, rain, freezing rain, ice, slush, and temps ranging from very cold to over 40F.
This weirdness made for some good photo-taking opportunities, though.
I’m sure there’s some way to have Lightroom accentuate the bokeh on this shot so the background would fade away more, but I’m not sure how to do it. I just love the water droplets. They looked like little gems.
This one is super-over-zoomed but the way that an Allium is visible inside the water droplet was too cool not to share.
It’s crazy that one of the Butterfly Bushes still has leaves this green on it, isn’t it?
And speaking of green, this Vinca is in total denial about the fact that it’s winter.
The butterfly bushes have been doing their duty these last few weeks. I’ve seen a few monarchs and other butterflies, and then the other day I was treated to seeing this female Black Swallowtail.
I was really pleased to get some in-focus photos, since she was flapping her wings like a mofo and moving around a lot. Finally I was able to get close to her.
She sampled both the ‘Evil Ways’ and the ‘Black Knight’ pictured here. Gorgeous!
Take a gander at this awesome butterfly who was hanging out in the front garden recently! It was HUGE, and it let me get really close to it. (Though I was using the optical zoom and macro settings on my camera so I wasn’t quite as close as it may appear.) It seems that the Butterfly Bush ‘Black Knight’ is really living up to its potential this year!
I saw a hummingbird in the front garden the other day! I was able to capture a few (terrible) photos before I moved too close and scared it away.
He was having fun with the Butterfly Bush ‘Black Knight’ and the Pincushion Flower. There was also a really big yellow butterfly, but I didn’t manage to snap it.
More photos on flickr.
(I said to the Butterfly Bush ‘Black Knight’.) I noticed recently that something has been chowing down on the leaves!
Anyone have any ideas? The plant is blooming and bigger than ever this year, and has been attracting butterflies and hummingbirds and even a hummingbird moth (Sarah, I thought of you when I saw it and was so happy to know what it was!), so I’m not worried about it too much, but I’d like to know what’s snacking on it.