snushy

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.

garden in snow and slush

This weirdness made for some good photo-taking opportunities, though.

garden in snow and slush

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.

garden in snow and slush

This one is super-over-zoomed but the way that an Allium is visible inside the water droplet was too cool not to share.

garden in snow and slush

It’s crazy that one of the Butterfly Bushes still has leaves this green on it, isn’t it?

garden in snow and slush

And speaking of green, this Vinca is in total denial about the fact that it’s winter.

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lovely butter

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.

Butterfly Bush living up to its name

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.

Butterfly Bush living up to its name

Butterfly Bush living up to its name

She sampled both the ‘Evil Ways’ and the ‘Black Knight’ pictured here. Gorgeous!

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what’s eating you?

(I said to the Butterfly Bush ‘Black Knight’.) I noticed recently that something has been chowing down on the leaves!

something is eating the leaves of my butterfly bush

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.

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