various and assorted miscellany
...the fritillary butterfly is a beauty!
We've seen so few butterflies this year, and I'm enjoyed the recent activity.
Is that butterfly trying to pollinate that flower? I've never seen a butterfly do that before. The hummingbirds are fast, aren't they? Of course, my favorite is the video of your patio in the rain. You have added a lot more flowers and plants this year and it is a veritable botanical garden out there. Simply beautiful and makes me SO want a patio like yours.
The butterflies eat the nectar from the flowers. I used to have a butterfly feeder, but butterflies never came to it. The wasps did, though. I potted up more of the wild coleus than I usually do. I'm trying to be attractive to insects so as to attract more variety of birds. Next year I want fennel :) I still miss the rue, but it finally gave up :(
Early this spring, I threw a ton of fennel seeds in a large pot and only two developed. Last week, something had eaten all the fennel and left the stems. I think a monarch or swallowtail butterfly larvae. Ironically, they left my dill alone, which is usually what gets chomped on first. I have no fennel seeds this year, but I have some from last year I'll plant next spring.I'm still SO jealous of your back patio.
Having the fence around mine gives it structure, I think. So many plants I want to grow die for lack of sun. You seem to have much more sun than I do. It's the butterflies I want fennel for. I hear it's a real magnet for them. I had so few butterflies this year :( I'll start with fennel plants if I can find them.
Dill and fennel attract the same butterflies. Honest. I was warned when I purchased my fennel plant that if I had dill and the butterflies got to it, they would get to the fennel, too. That's why I always planted several pots of dill. This year, they wanted the fennel and the bunny rabbit got to the dill before the butterflies could.
I've never tried either one. I did try parsley once, but it died and ain't gettin' a second chance lol
Wow, I loved watching all your videos! How amazing to see the hummingbird 😁. I've not seen that type of butterfly before so I'll be looking it up after I've finished commenting ...lol! That was quite the downpour of rain too. Of course the wren is my favourite, I just love these tiny birds and the way they bob up and down - so cute! Happy Sunday and wishing you a great new week! Hugs, Jo x
The butterfly is a fritillary -I think a Gulf Fritillary... The wrens put on quite a show. He was out there for over an hour doing his dance :)
That little wren looks mighty proud of himself. I really enjoyed watching him. And your garden looks lovely and fresh. We are in a drought here so mine is looking so spent and tired. Our hummingbirds disappear until spring soon. How late do yours stay?
The hummingbirds are migrating south now, and I'll take the feeder down after I haven't seen one for a week or so. That may be as late as early October.
Your patio is so peaceful and I loved all the visitors
Thank you :)
Oh, thank you for sharing your lovely patio and all the charming visitors!! :)
So different from your visitors!
It all looks great! Enjoy as long as you can. Valerie
We get good patio weather into November some years :)
I love your garden and really enjoyed the videos, the butterfly especially. The wren brought me sweet memories of Wrennie, my wren that built a house and then moved without occupying! I love their song. And adore woodpeckers, so long as they don't peck on my house!
We had a wren build a nest and raise babies on our patio one year. It was exciting! Hope springs eternal it'll happen again :)