In the Garden

Like I posted yesterday, thanks to the incredible amount of rain we’ve had this year, my gardens are more beautiful than ever. 

Hydrangeas love lots of water which explains why they are extra bountiful this year.
This hydrangea is supposed to be blue but seems to be a bit conflicted about its identify.
Black-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower
These black-eyed susans and purple coneflowers reseed and come back every year.
Gulf Fritillary Butterflies
Gulf Fritillary Butterflies love them.
I mow these cosmos and zinnias down every fall and they’re back the next spring.
Butterfly garden
Another of the butterfly gardens. I didn’t plant anything new this year but due to the mild winter and rain, it’s run amuck. Think I need to start pulling out the extras.
The dragonflies and
Swallowtail butterfly
butterflies love it, though.
Plumbago, another butterfly attractor.
The plumerias don’t seem to attract any butterflies. Just people.
I keep the plumerias that I start from cuttings along the seawall in pots. Plus my big and very first plumeria is planted there.They love the sun.
Day Lily
The daylilies are just about done.

But as nice as the flower gardens have been doing, my vegetable garden is a bit of a failure.  The cucumbers shriveled up and died, only two tomatoes from the celebrity tomato plant and the squirrels didn’t even discover them. 

The only real success I’ve had this year in the vegetable garden are the swallowtail caterpillars!

Swallowtail Caterpillar

Which means I’ll have a bumper crop of butterflies!

3 thoughts on “In the Garden

  1. Hi Kathy; so nice to meet you and Terry this evening at The Shed. Thanks for being so gracious:-)

    Keep me in mind for some plants in the future and hopefully we will be Citrus County neighbors someday.

    Love your blog. You are blessed.

    Myra Sullivan/Kevin Doyle
    Glen Lakes/Weeki Wachee

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