May 19, 2010

White Blossoms from the Night

As I made rounds this morning with a pair of pruners to lop off low hanging crape myrtle branches and ugly rose canes a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly dipped and floated as he searched for nectar. A sleepy orange was puddling where bare ground was still damp from yesterday's brief rain shower. A Spicebush Swallowtail nectared on Silene.

Pawpaws blooming, ample leaves for Tiger Swallowtail larvae.

'Little Gem' Magnolia perfumes the air of the upper garden.

These waxy LA lilies have little fragrance even at night.

All flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia where sudden showers run the gardener inside on summer afternoons and daylilies require daily deadheading to remove 'soggy socks'. Join us for a lunch of roasted freshly dug red potatoes, green beans with ham slivers and yellow squash.


Bernie said...

Oh yes please ... I would love to join you for lunch! Sounds delicious! Actually, your summer days are sounding fantastic at the moment ... light showers of rain and fluttering butterflies.

I do particularly love that shot of the magnolia blossom with the scooped leaves holding those pretty little stamens? ... looks like confetti.

Amy said...

Is it too late for lunch? Sounds delish. That little gem is definitely a gem and I wish we had smell-o-blog. :)

NellJean said...

There's always food, you are always welcome.

I really wish we had smell-o-blog now. When Buffy and I went to plant out Hostas, I noticed two gardenia blossoms.

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