It’s getting hot here in the Pacific Northwest! Much of the western United States is dealing with excessive heat right now. Yesterday, it was 125° Fahrenheit in Palm Springs!! While most people wilt under these brutal conditions, butterflies and hardy wildflowers come alive! Long ago […]
This Western Swallowtail has taken a liking to my Korean lilac bush. It visits every day and always heads straight for these fragrant blossoms. Just take a look at the proboscis covered in pollen! I watched until it disappeared into the woods along with the […]
Happy Mother’s Day from my Garden! What better place to be than outside on a lovely day. The garden is starting to show its most beautiful side during this time of spring. The heavenly fragrance of lilac blossoms attracted the first western swallowtail of the season. […]
All summer long my garden gets visited by these beautiful Western Swallowtails. They very much love the butterfly bushes I planted, but really go crazy over Peruvian lilies. The swallowtails love basking in the hot afternoon sun and feed on the Alstroemeria’s nectar. Once they land […]
Way up in the clouds on this midsummer day a swallowtail gliding without hiding joyfully jiving, suddenly diving through trees, clouds and sky … Pardon the Interruption while I unzengle my feet … Down below buddleja’s aglow honeyed fragrance’s wafting on the breeze a swallowtail’s […]
Love-in-a-mist, or Nigella damascena, are some of my very favorite flowers! These particular ones are extra special because they were given to me many years ago. I sprinkled the seeds throughout the flowerbeds around our deck. I waited, and waited, and waited some more … but […]
Aloft in the breeze wobbling, weaving weightlessly towards the buddleja.