You already have coneflowers! Wow. My are behind. They've just barely sprouted leaves, which are being eaten by pillbugs and hungry caterpillars. Maybe that means I'll have these butterflies to look forward to soon. I noticed a few of your pictures include both the caterpillar and the butterfly. Neat.
I don't think yours are necessarily behind. Mine have a comfy spot in the garden and never died to the ground this past winter. I'm glad you noticed the caterpillar!! I thought it was a neat thing. :)
A blogger friend from Illinois sent me seeds for trial and coneflower is one to have germinated and is now surviving with our hot climate. There are also some insects, but some plants are growing nicely. It is just experimental so i still dont know if they will flower or not, also dont know how they look like before flowering. Rudbeckia was ahead as one already flowered. Since it is not tropical, maybe there is no butterfly here yet aware of its existence, so they will still come next generation. I hope it will also attract color clashing types here!
Just to warn you, people complain about coneflowers becoming invasive here, and they're native here! Rudbeckia generally flowers before coneflower, so that's not too odd. I'm sure the butterflies will figure it out soon enough. :)
Beautiful photos! I can't believe you already have coneflowers. It'll be awhile before we see ours bloom.
Thanks! I suspect my coneflowers are freaks. :P
I liked the title, because that is always what I feel like photographing butterflies. Beautiful photos. Your butterfly seemed like an actress smiling for the paparazzi, reluctantly obliging to be your photo subject. So nice stalking.
Ha, yes! I was having to be sneaky because every sudden movement sent them scurrying for the hills! Fortunately, they kept coming back. :)
So lovely...sigh, you're making me pine for summer...and it's just started being spring ;-)
Your garden makes me wish we had a spring! But this IS our spring and so now I'm so sad to think about summer if this is what you think summer is. UGH!!! It's gonna be hot!
I agree...beautiful photos. And, you already have coneflowers???
Everyone's shocked by the coneflowers! The winter was really mild, and I let the plants do their thing. Granted, that area is pretty cozy, but mostly it's just because we barely got any cold temps.
Your beautiful butterfly is a Red Admiral. You captured some nice photos! Happy FF! ~~Rhonda
Thanks! I figured out it was a Red Admiral after looking at some other blogs - it seems their making the circuit.
nice photos - I want to ask you some questions, but I don't think I should do it on here... email me: katina dot bohrer at gmailkatina from Gardening in Austin
Such a good posing Red Admiral butterfly. I have only seen one of them this year. Some evenings we see lots of them on our gravel road when we walk up it. Our coneflowers have not even started to grow yet.
Thanks! I've been seeing them suckling the decomposed granite, and I'm guessing their in need of some minerals.
Beautiful coneflower and butterfly images! Lovely colors, stillness, action, and even a caterpillar. :)
Thanks! I'm glad you noticed the action shot and the caterpillar!
Great butterfly shots. I have decided i actually like the colour combo of pink and orange and have just planted some pinks in the front garden to go with (or clash with depending on your point of view) the orange already there. I thought it was a Monarch but I then I usually think most butterflies are Monarchs.
Thanks! I can see the appeal of pink and orange. Maybe it's like pink and peach?
of course when we talk about pink or orange there are so many different shades of them - soft, bright, reddish, bluish, etc. Maybe peach is more specific.
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