Friday, July 26, 2013

The Susans Have Arrived

The black-eyed Susans are finally blooming in my butterfly garden! They were late, but now that they are here, they are as abundant as usual for my part-shade garden. You can click here to look at the "before Susans" photo  and compare, if you like that sort of thing.

I'm seeing a few asters opening too, but lots more are on the way. Those will add a welcome shot of purple (yippee!).

Also still to come: pineapple sage and goldenrod 'Fireworks'. If you don't have either of those plants, go right out and get them! Both are superb for sun or part shade. They will add dramatic red and gold color later in the season.

This spider was still as a statue until I tried to snap its photo. Then it bolted, and a couple of its legs blurred out. Doesn't help that my eyes are blurry, too...makes it hard to know when anything is in focus!

So spiders spin webs, catch insects and run from cameras here; flies of all sorts, bees, crickets, cicadas, stink bugs, leafhoppers, and zillions of mosquitos all do their thing in this garden, too. Hummingbirds (and many other bird species) visit. Chipmunks, squirrels, voles, deer and humans all stop by.  There is all sorts of wildlife...just not a lot of butterflies.

But, I'm so happy with it!

Butterflies will be icing on the cake.


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