Butterflies

I don’t know what kind they are, but I’ll figure it out and fill in later…

This one was so still, I thought it might be dead.

This one enjoyed leisurely flights, and rested from time to time (long enough to get a photo anyway).

These would not hold still for a minute, which is why he’s blurry. Could he be a Zebra butterfly? Yes, I found out, he is.

So, in addition to star gazing and bird watching, I should figure out the names of these guys, as well as the plants in the garden that attract them.

My friend, Mike, pretty well figured out big portions of my garden, but he did get sick of hearing me say I was useless in the plant department. He said, “You have got to be kidding me. It’s easy.”

Well, I wasn’t kidding and gardening¬† isn’t easy. But he shamed me into doing something (As I try to tell my son, you have to start somewhere, so just start!) So, one empty portion of the garden, I decided to fill in myself. I visited a local nursery, Meadow Beauty Nursery, that only sells native plants (I figured they might have the best chance of surviving) and bought things that butterflies like… Carl Terwilliger helped me pick them out.

So, I do get visited by butterflies often. Here’s two more.

Looks like the one on top in this photo is the elder of the two…

And here are a couple of the plants in the garden. I think they are beach daisies and fire bush…

Oh, and another thing. I have a gumbo limbo tree that grows in front of the garage door (makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?). I’ve tried to cut it down, but it grew back anyway. Mike took three branches, and just stuck them in the ground in this little garden area, and yes, they are growing! How about that for resiliency?

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