Friday, June 26, 2015

Here a Bug, There a Bug

This morning's yield of photos seemed to have a theme-- insects on flowers.  There are a lot of them out there, this time of year.  Fortunately, most of them are beneficial, unlike the squirmers making a meal of our viburnum.  (No sign of further damage there, by the way.)

We found a butterfly bush on a clearance rack, earlier this year.  It looked slightly dejected, but nothing that a little water and fertilizer couldn't fix.  This is a "petite" butterfly bush, so it should stay fairly small.  The name (Buddleja Flutterby 'Petite Dark Pink') suggests it should have dark pink flowers, but these blooms look more lavender than pink to me-- and certainly not dark pink.  However, photos of it online look about the same as this, so I guess it's just another example of the person doling out names having an unusual perception of color.

...In any case, the plant is doing very well now, and true to its name, is attracting butterflies (and other insects, too)!

Butterfly Bush, Aptly Named

If it continues to do this well, I'll definitely consider adding more of these in other colors.  They're supposedly not invasive, which is good to know.  Some butterfly bushes are apparently a problem, in that way. 

Butterfly Bush, Aptly Named

Hmm... I'm reading that Flutterby Petitie 'Tutti Fruitti Pink' even has scented foliage!   (Adding to my wishlist now... ;o))

Butterfly Bush, Aptly Named

Butterfly Bush and Bee

Some of our insects are masters of disguise... 


I read about someone letting mina lobata (Spanish flag) grow up through crepe myrtles, so I decided to try that, too-- only this one's growing on a rose of Sharon.  Since it's an annual, it won't get big enough to do any damage to a tree/large shrub.  I'll just remove whatever's left of the vine before the rose of Sharon puts out its new leaves for spring. 

Mina Lobata on Rose of Sharon

The Southern shield fern is doing pretty well, I think.  It's not getting huge, yet, but maybe it takes a few years to put on much size.  Or perhaps it needs richer soil to get large... I can work more organic material into the soil around it, this winter. 

Southern Shield Fern

I spied something watching me from a leafy vantage point...


A blue-eyed grasshopper?!


It seemed like this bee had decided to claim the seed-grown purple coneflower as its personal property. 

Bee on Echinacea

Even particles of pollen are interesting when seen close up.  Little spheres sticking to the bee like foam packing peanuts!  (g)

Bee on Echinacea

The 'Joseph's Coat' rose is blooming again!

'Joseph's Coat' Rose

Here's 'Joseph's Coat' from a slight distance.  It's getting taller...  Donald thinks we might be able to put up the two sides of the arbor this weekend.  We'll leave the top for later, so in the meantime, I guess it'll look like parallel trellises.  Having the sides up will allow us to start training the rose through it, though-- and I'll be able to plant the clematis we bought without as much fear that we'll trample them while installing the arbor.

'Joseph's Coat' Climbing Rose

On the subject of roses, 'Apricot Drift' is doing alright.  It's flowering, but not profusely. 

Apricot Drift Rose

Green lynx spider hanging out on Mexican purple sage:

Green Lynx Spider

The "too-red" rose is blooming, despite being moved so late in the season.  (Poor thing really needs pruning after the summer ends.) The flowers aren't large, but it's trying.

Rose Red

Tiger lilies continue.

Tiger Lilies

It's surprising how big they can grow!  


Pinata lavender, with Mexican purple sage on the right and Mexican petunia in the background.

Flower Garden

Marigold.  Double red KO rose on the left.  Black-eyed Susan vine in the back.  Supremely pathetic cleome struggling along somewhere in the middle.  This has not been a good year for cleome in my garden.  Mom's, on the other hand, are thick and lush.  I should sow fresh seed next spring.

Flower Garden

Marigolds yet again.  Yellow KO rose (among other things) blurrily in the background.

Flower Garden

"Fancy" echinacea is still blooming prettily and attracting plenty of pollinators. 


And that's all for today!