Even though a Florida summer is long and never short on heat and humidity, there are lots of good things about our summer and here are a few of them ~ ~
Eastern Black Swallowtail on heirloom red pentas
Monarch on heirloom red pentas
You can't beat the old fashioned red pentas as a nectar source in the garden. Plus, it seems to LOVE the heat!!
Zebra Longwings on Passion vine.
I believe this is Horace's Duskywing on the native Tropical Salvia. This is an exciting discovery because I don't think I've ever seen this butterfly in my yard before. Love new discoveries like this!
The little mosquito-eating machines are back in full force these days. Dragonflies are one of the best insects in a Florida garden, especially if you have bromeliads in the garden.
Sometimes when I catch a dragonfly in a certain position such as this one, it looks like a little fairy. Perhaps that is how stories of fairies in the garden originated.
I do not know the names of these dashing fellows, but I love the color variations and their paper thin wings. I can't imagine that the wind doesn't obliterate those fragile-looking, cellophane wings.
Now that I've photographed a few dragonflies and noticed how beautiful they are, I'm really smitten with them. I always thought a dragonfly was a dragonfly, but these little guys are just stunning! I had no idea that I had so many different species of dragonflies in the garden. How awesome is that! This one looks like another fairy, although I have to say they also look like stained-glass helicopters hovering in the air.
A young Red Cardinal hanging out in the trees. His parents must have shown him where the feeder is because I catch him there many times during the day.
Plenty of pollinators taking advantage of all the wonderful summer blooms - like this purple pentas (my second favorite pentas) - in my garden.
Bees are lovin' the Agastache
Here's a close up of the chubby little bugger!
This little guy is loaded down with pollen on his feet and underbelly
And, I am thankful for Swallowtail butterflies in the making as they devour my parsley.
Now, this little guy - - definitely not thankful for him!!! He is probably one of the worst things about summer, with the exception of a devastating hurricane or having your house struck by lightning! He creates his own kind of devastation.
Don Juan roses still in bloom are a definite plus, especially when they're mingled with palm fronds.
The 'Kwanso' daylily is one from my late aunt and a real beauty on its super tall and super beefy stalks.
Love, love an abundance of blooms in the June garden.
And, last but not least, is the return of the crape myrtle. This one is 'Dynamite' and I would agree that that is the perfect name for it. What would a Florida summer be like without crape myrtles? I, for one, can't even imagine!