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first monarch sighting

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I just spotted this monarch butterfly in my garden–yay! It flit from bloodflower to milkweed to coneflower and back. I couldn’t tell if it was male or female (not easy to do!), but I am hoping it was a female.

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A tiger swallowtail butterfly visited the butterfly bush last week. I can count on my two hands the number of butterflies I’ve seen this summer–it’s discouraging. But I know there are plenty of other gardeners like me who are trying to provide food sources and safe havens. I hope what we are doing is enough to make a difference.

flower power

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Becky shasta daisies began making a show en masse this week. Their geometry and simple beauty make them stunning. Their extended blooming season and long, sturdy stems make them a stalwart flower in a cutting garden.

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I hadn’t realized the bee balm had begun blooming. This bumbler with his yellow saddlebags was enjoying a meal.

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I don’t know the name of this daylily variety–its colors sizzle.

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The liatris, or blazing star, has begun is slow, top-down spiky blooming.

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The bloodflower’s blooms remind me of those of Dallas Red lantana.

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I cut back the nepeta (catmint) and gave some to Grizzie. After thanking me, she enjoyed a good roll in it.

Sunday garden stroll

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I am pleased that a couple of recent additions to my garden are happy in their new home. My garden friend, Anne, and I were lamenting the slow disappearance of our coneflowers. I think the voles may have gotten to mine. Anne suggested this replacement, a variety called PowWow Wild Berry. It has a beautiful vibrant pink bloom. It is supposed to grow to be 18 to 24″ tall. It meets my requirements for perennials: it is drought tolerant, attracts butterflies and has an extended blooming season.

This coreopsis (or tickseed), called Mercury Rising, is a fun departure from the usual yellow. Like the coneflower above, it is drought tolerant, blooms all summer and attracts butterflies. I like its thready foliage and red-wine blooms.

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Although the white iris are now fading, others are taking their turn. There’s this lovely two-toned purple . . .

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and this lemony yellow.

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The lemon balm is elbowing neighboring plants out of the way. I need to do some dividing.

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This white variety of milkweed has become well established. It didn’t bloom last year–I am hoping to see it this summer.

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See the tall stalks with the willow-like leaves? That’s pink milkweed. I have some in the back of the bed, but when it sends off seeds, they always seem to take root in the front of the bed–not the best place for this tall lanky flower, but I haven’t the inclination to move it.

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I was about to yank this little stalk out when I realized that it is bloodflower. It must have reseeded from across the garden. It’s a milkweed cousin and attractive to butterflies, so it too will be allowed to stay. Sometimes weeding procrastination pays off!

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