Notes from a beginning gardener with sprinkles of poetry and philosophic musings
Oh Rose, those are great captures. We'd love the coneflowers even without the critters, but with the flutterbyes, they're heaven!
Reason number 1,241 -- I like to watch the goldfinches balance on top of the seed heads. And the butterflies are nice, too.
There isjust nothing bad you can say about cone fowers except that I don't have enough of them. Beautiful pictures Rose. Have a great weekend.
Rose,Who doesn't love coneflowers! Universally they seem to attract gardeners as well as all the lovely critters. All your butterflies are a delight to see. I wish coneflowers liked my garden but they just don't thrive here even though I keep trying them out in many different scenarios. (I enjoyed your shady garden photos, too... always a pleasure to see hostas in so many varieties since we don't grow those down this far south either.)Meems
Rose, beautiful!!! photos and butterflies. I hope your week has been good and that your weekend will be splendid.
No need to say more at all. I love all your reasons to love coneflowers too. They are such a great butterfly plant! You have a great weekend Rose.
Terrific reasons and images - you've convinced me!
Absolutely!!! Anything the butterflies love, I love too. Wonderful photos. What a cool moth, or is it a butterfly I haven't seen in my area?Marnie
Lovely photos and I can remember you saying before that you loved cone flowers. They do look pretty.Not sure if we have them here or not. Maybe they are called something else. Will look up on google.Maggie XNuts in May
Dear Rose, I love everything about the coneflower too. All of your butterfly photographs are wonderful. Watching them nectar is one of my favorite past- times. The Gold Finches do love the seeds of the cone flower.. It is fun to see your pictures. You seem to be enjoying your camera. I drink echinacea tea. I wait to dig my roots until after the flowers are spent. I also am very fond of your mantis.Bugs are the best!Sherry
I think the third one is most unusual and beautiful but they're all lovely and great photographs too.
Excellent reasons and excellent photos! I love coneflower, love, love, love them! gail
Echis rule! Do you get finches eating the seeds in fall?
Beautiful! I'm happy to report I had (count 'em) two coneflowers bloom despite my conviction that they hate me!
Oh Rose, these photos are just wonderful! And a BUCKEYE! I've never had one in my garden (that I know of), but chased one at a nature preserve last weekend. They're so pretty, I think.Missed you in Buffalo!!
Rose....wonderful captures.....beautiful butterflies, every single one of them.BUT how the preying mantis fascinates me......I really do love to see them. Yours is the first I have seen this year.......I have some coneflowers just beginning to open......not as many as I would have liked, but at least I have some......
Great photos! We seem to have more butterflies this year, thank goodness. And they really are loving all the coneflowers. The mantis hasve been scarce though, but maybe it is still early. Thanks for sharing. :)
Oh, ROSE. Those are fabulous pictures! Coneflowers rock!
Nope I think reason #1 was the selling point for me. lol :) Plus another visitor is the Goldfinches come fall when the flower heads are ripe with seed. :)
Hi, Rose!I'm sold! What a sweet moment to see such pretty visitors to the garden. Hope you're having a marvelous weekend.
Pretty Rose. Last week while on vacation in northern Arkansas we took a hike in the hills and I saw native cone flowers growing. That always excites me to see that.
absolutely beautiful!!! the praying mantis one is great, i've never seen one in real life before.
Thanks, everyone, for your comments. It's been a busy weekend--and a busy day ahead--and I just realized I hadn't replied here to anyone; sorry.For those of you wondering about the third photo, it is a Buckeye, the only one I've seen here so far this year. The Red Admiral in the second photo have been here all summer in droves, but in the past week I've seen so many different butterflies visiting, including some swallowtails.And yes, the goldfinches love the coneflowers, too. I'll see them sitting on the cones pulling out the seeds, but they fly off as soon as I get anywhere near with my camera.Have a good week--my daughter and Coconut are coming home today; I'm so excited!
Great photos. I have coneflowers in my garden for the first time in years. No monarchs in sight though, which has me worried. We hardly had any last year either, and usually we have clouds of butterflies on our mint.
Those are very pretty shots of the butterflies, and other garden life, on your flowers. The butterflies bring such beautiful moving colour to the garden, and it's so satisfying to see wildlife interacting with your plants.
Your flowers must be hypnotic. How else did you get the butterflies to sit so still for you? They're all beautiful, even the mantid. I hope you have a wonderful time with your other visitors!
Wonderful phots of your coneflowers and critters too.
I'm glad I scrolled down to see these butterfly photos. I hadn't seen many so far until the last couple of weeks, and I'm continuing to see more and more. Aren't they so much fun to observe and photograph?
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