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Thursday, May 5, 2016

American Lady

It's a spectacular year for cudweed / rabbit tobacco.... It's so prolific that I'm finding myself actually pulling it out of the vegetable beds! Normally I leave it be... gotta have host plants.... if you are gonna have butterflies....
When I spotted an American Painted Lady laying eggs... I went running for a camera... 
Naturally, the butterfly was long gone by the time I got back... so... I carried the camera around hoping for another chance....



And... when I found another lady... I took lots of photos...

 And... A Buckeye had to inspect the garden soil while I planted the glass gem corn....

 The penstemons are blooming.
Check the bug....

 Some final bloom on the wild amsonia.
Speaking of bumper crops.... The 7 minute itch is everywhere... and can't hand pull this stuff... 

Farkleberry  bloom. (vaccinium arboreum)

 Smallanthus Uvedalia AKA Bear's Foot Flower

 Tephrosia Virginiana AKA Goat's Rue 
I tried planting the seed of this beauty one year... miserable luck... First... there were a ton of weevils inside the pods... and when I actually found a few seeds... the voles got the babies.
Solution? Grow in pots... which sucks.

Verbena bonaris... I brought this in from a garden in town.

Tansy ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) 
Haven't seen the Cinnabar Moth yet... But... Ima keep my eyes peeled...
Don't let the smallanthus leaf fool you... Had to use it to get a clear picture of the bloom.

 

2 Comments:

Blogger Sally said...

Life would be so drab without butterflies! You got some great pictures....I love the one of the verbena.
I grow for wildlife as well but am a bit of a novice. My gardens are in constant transition bringing native plants in.

May 7, 2016 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Ellen Honeycutt said...

Wow, you got babies in your future (caterpillars). Great pictures, lots of cool blooming stuff. Love Tephrosia. I've got to try and relocate some again. Do you get any seeds?

May 7, 2016 at 9:08 PM  

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