May 17, 2010

Butterflies Returning by 2s and 3s

We had rain yesterday. Just as the last hose was dragged into place, thunder ran me in the house. I watched on Wundermap as the clouds came north. The total rainfall was 0.4 inch. At the hay field, there was 0.6 inch. Summer rain is a curious thing. It may be raining on your neighbor while you get a bare sprinkle.

Daylilies are blooming. True lilies are about to burst into bloom. Corn poppies and Larkspur persist, most noticeable display as we drive into the yard. Breadseed Poppy seedheads need gathering for fall scattering so dying plants can be pulled.

Loropetalum has taken over some of the true lilies, which are growing up through the foliage. I made have to do a little judicious pruning to show off the lily blooms. Eventually the Loropetalum may have to be pruned into small trees, not a bad thing.

Silene (catchfly) attracts Spicebush Swallowtails.
Butterflies are showing up in 2s and 3s. I saw a Monarch Saturday.

All flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia where Magnolia fragrance floats on the breeze and Whippoorwills call from the woods at night. Join us in a glass of iced Ruby Tea, dark and barely sweet.

1 comment:

Bernie said...

Those Swallowtails are so lovely ... what great colours they have. Reminds me of the Ulysses butterfly we see up north in the rainforest areas.

The summer rain you spoke of in the beginning of the post is such a familiar thing over here .... pouring buckets in one spot and barely a trickle in the next suburb! Rainfall stats mean little in those circumstances.

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