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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Another Autumn

The Monarch butterflies seem to be flocking in preparation for migration. Bushes full of butterflies that can hardly be distinguished from the orange flowers...

see how many butterflies you can spot on the below photo. These pictures are all clickable...

I count 5 orange butterflies... among the orange flowers.




The bushes are large enough that shooting the entire bush results in not being able to even pick out the butterflies...

Gotta love bushes that grow and bloom despite the drought, that you don't have to do anything to protect from the local deer herds...



The lantana also attract the night flyers.





The agalinis are in full bloom.

Agalinis purpurea are pretty, and are host plant to the buckeye butterfly, which makes them an asset to the meadow.

Their short-comings are that they are annuals and strictly Autumn bloomers, and need disturbed soil to come up each year.





Here's an interesting flower, 'Summer's farewell' (Dalea pinnata)

This cool plant has ferny leaves closely resembling moss verbena, which was what I thought I had when the babies initially showed up...

Later, when the plants grew upright, rather than prostrate as expected, I could see that it was something else. These little button flowers are interesting...

The plants appear to be biennial, which coupled with their short bloom time rather negates their value in the flower border.

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4 Comments:

Blogger oldwhitelady said...

Those flowers are sure pretty. It's interesting that so many different ones were blossoming during October.

November 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Also check this pic taken yesterday, November 18,2011. Matter of fact, click the home button on that site, lots of purdy flowers, with the date posted... You'll have to click the enlarge button on both these links, as google blocks the link from opening in a new window...

November 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger oldwhitelady said...

The first link expired, but the second was nice. It was very cool to check out the pictures. Thank you.

November 24, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

Deleted the 'fail' link... some sites won't let you 'hotlink'... even when it's your own pics.

November 24, 2011 at 8:55 PM  

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