I can’t resist posting pictures of the butterflies. Each week it seems I’m getting another variety of Swallowtail and this week two different types arrived! This has definitely been the best year I’ve had for butterflies.
The other variety showed up yesterday. This one is a Palamedes Swallowtail and is huge! I didn’t get a very good picture of it but will try for a better one for next week.
I planted this vine to cover up the fence and it does a really good job. It’s an annual and I can never remember its name but always find the seed packet at Home Depot. Might be a cross vine. It has sweet little red trumpets on a delicate fringelike vine.
I have a lot of butterfly and hummingbird plants but I think this patch of sunshine flowers attract most of the butterflies. There are some cosmos, zinnias, black-eyed susan, and purple coneflowers. I mow them down when they get really ugly in November and they all come back the next year. So easy! So rewarding!
And one last picture from the garden, not only butterfly friendly, birds like to hide in the jatropha. This guy is waiting for me to fill the bird feeders.