I can not help myself. Right now, there are so many beautiful butterflies in the garden that they are overwhelming me. Yellow Swallowtail, 2 kinds of black, some orange Monarchs, and a new one today – a Variegated Fritillary. We have lots of brown skippers and white cabbage moths too. They come right up and land on everything. They dance in groups and in pairs. It is like an amazing choreography of life – just for us. So, I had to take a short video with my silly smartphone to share with you, so that you might catch a glimpse of the incredible dance along with me. The butterflies entertain us for hours. We have planted for many years to maximize the butterflies and birds in the garden. The pool is surrounded by Buddleia, also known as ‘Butterfly Bush.’ We have a red, white, pink, light purple, and black night purple. Our grove blooms all summer, so it is nonstop color and show. These deciduous shrubs are so easy to grow and always have a wonderful fragrance and a swarm of butterflies around them. The elongated flowers grow in clusters on arching branches that can get maybe 10 or 12 feet high (unless you cut them back – which is a good idea or they get leggy). I like the willow-like foliage that is a grayish green color and is pretty dense. The white Buddleia was here when we moved in (she must be at least 15 years old telling by her main stalk) and we have added 5 colors around her.
Do you bring any interesting insects or creatures to your garden? Do you plant for anyone special (besides yourself and dogs and cats of course)? Yes, I do grow catnip.