Moving On

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Summer is moving on towards its climax in our garden.  I found the garden filled with butterflies this morning when I came out to water.

The butterflies we’ve watched for since April are in residence now, and flutter constantly from flower to flower, shrub to shrub; as they drink their fill of warm, sweet nectar.


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I counted five individuals on a single Lantana this morning.  When I turned around, more fluttered behind me in another flower bed.  They surrounded me as I moved around the garden, watering.


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No longer timid, they continued feeding as I approached.  They no longer fly away when my camera beeps.

I can watch them from the window above my kitchen sink.  In fact, I would say that every window opens out onto views of butterflies moving on from one flower to another.  One may get lost in simply watching them; a voyeur of sorts, hypnotized by butterfly wings.


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Perhaps they are the ones entranced.  There is a rich buffet of flowers beckoning them to feed:  Lantana and Butterfly Bush, Rose of Sharon, mints and Sage, Echinacea, Zinnia, Monarda, Rudbeckia, Hibiscus.

The litany of sweet flowers goes on and on in the August garden.  Butterflies float from flower to flower almost like devotees fingering prayer beads.


Lycoris radiata

Lycoris radiata


Two new flowers have come into bloom this week, which signal our shift towards autumn. The Lycoris radiata never appear before mid-August; timed with the onset of our hurricane season.

The ginger lilies also begin their bloom towards the end of August, just as Labor Day draws close each year.


White Butterfly Ginger Lily coming into bloom

White Butterfly Ginger Lily coming into bloom


We have a crescendo of growth now, in this third week of August.  Cannas and ginger lily tower over our heads.  Colocasia leaves reach gigantic proportions in the shade.  Ferns grow tall and Begonia flowers emerge thick and vivid from their canes.


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This is the season where wishes materialize, beautifully fulfilled.  The garden crawls with life, never silent and never still.

Newborn blue tailed lizards skitter up the wall above the hose.  Cicadas whir and bump in the border.  Birds call to one another as wind rustles through the tall stems of lily and Canna.


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And butterflies float by silently, above it all, moving on in search of the next nectar filled flower in their never ending quest for summer’s sweetness.

Woodland Gnome 2015


Morning Glory

Morning Glory

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9 responses to “Moving On

  1. Oops…your poetic soul is showing.

  2. great pictures !!!

    great pictures !!!

  3. A walk in your garden sounds absolutely magical! The lycoris is so delicately beautiful. 🙂 The blue morning glory you sent me is now blooming on the trellis with Grampa Ott and scarlet runner bean and a few hyacinth bean, too. I used to do only scarlet runner, but I love the combo and will do that from now on. The hummers are frequent visitors. 🙂

    • That sounds perfectly beautiful! What a riot of color it must be! Always fun to find the hummers loving a planting. I’m so glad the Morning Glory has done well for you. Ours is back in bloom, scrambling over the roses. It is a great contrast. Hope you are enjoying the weekend- hugs ❤ WG

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