Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Summer Visitors

The summer garden...while hot and humid...is an inviting place for many visitors. This cute little green grasshopper (upper left) looks so pretty perched on a pink zinnia flower. He's cute...unlike the large yellow Lubbers which are also present in the summer garden.

All of a sudden the caterpillars have arrived to dine on some of their favorite meals.

Swallowtail cats love the bronze fennel...

and the green fennel, too!

What a beautiful sight it is when they show up.

The Monarchs have almost stripped the Milkweed bare. Good thing I planted lots of plants from seed earlier this summer. I'm glad to see that this fellow brought along some friends. I can't wait for them to reappear as butterflies.

Ahh, here's a Queen...hope she's laying some eggs.

One of the Monarch's favorite is the Lindley Butterflybush. I just discovered the name of this wonderful passalong plant on a website listing "Florida-Friendly Plants." Unlike other buddleias, this plant can take the heat and the cold. It's been a great addition in my yard for more than 4 years.

More Monarchs on the Milkweed


The butterflies are some of my favorite summer visitors!

6 comments:

Meems said...

Love those summer visitors. They are the best kind. Have only seen the Lindley butterfly bush in your garden... must be on the lookout for that one.
Meems

daisy said...

They are such a blessing in the garden. Enjoy!

Floridagirl said...

Great shots of the cats and butterflies! Best thing about summer! (I need to chase some butterflies with my own camera today...)

Ami said...

It is always pleasant to see those visitors. For some reason, I have not seen much monarch caterpillars in my garden since all my milkweeds are growing with leaves intact, hmmm, wondering what is happening here.

NanaK said...

How fun to have all those summer visitors. I hope all your cats get to grow up into butterflies. You seem to have plenty of food for them. Enjoy your company!

rosesandgargoyles said...

That's so cool that you've got the Lindley butterflybush! I've been drooling over that plant for a couple of years now. Finally have the perfect place for two of them and they're on the order list for this year. Can't wait.
Jeanni

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