Joe Pye With Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed

Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed


Just finishing up in the front garden this morning, picking up my tools, movement caught my eye…

…The fluttering of a golden butterfly, crossing the garden, heading straight for the crowning blossom of our Joe Pye Weed.

Finally!  This is the first butterfly visit I’ve observed since it bloomed. 

May it be the first of many!

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Our golden Tiger Swallowtail  sipped and flew, sipped and flew a few times as I worked with the camera.

And then just as quickly disappeared to another part of the garden.

Butterflies, dragonflies and bees, this morning’s companions, express appreciation by their simple presence.

What a beautiful way to end a morning’s work of planting, watering, weeding, and feeding.


Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

3 responses to “Joe Pye With Tiger Swallowtail

  1. Did I tell you about the easy deer fence? Using 1/2″ thick bamboo stakes 4-5′ tall spaced 8-10 feet around the space you want to protect, string fishing line 3′ high snugly, looping the stakes as you go. The deer feel the line as they approach and back off it. It is invisible to our eye so you can still enjoy your flowers without an unsightly fence in front of them. The stakes are the only thing you see and they are pretty unobtrusive. It works for me! 🙂

  2. Beautiful! Mine are always nibbled away by the deer…

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