I love butterflies and have planted two butterfly bushes to attract them. The bushes have been in bloom for a month, but there were no butterflies to be found. Finally, butterfly time has arrived in my garden with vibrant colorful visitors.

Butterfly Time

I enjoy my garden year round, but I do look forward to this time of year due to the butterflies.  They are so happy and energetic.  They bring a nice punch of color to my summer garden.  I mostly have monarch and swallowtail butterflies, but the butterfly bushes attract all kinds of visitors.

Love the nectar

It is hot and humid during the summer in the south.  The plants have been looking a tad wilted in the 90+ degree brutal sun.  That doesn’t stop my hearty butterfly bushes from blooming.  I have one that is a lighter purple pink and one that is a darker purple.  My visitors enjoy both of them equally.

I was a little sad that in almost mid-July I still had not seen one butterfly or any hummingbirds.  They are usually regular visitors to my garden especially to the blooms of the butterfly bush.  I happened to go outside yesterday and saw my first visitors.  I love how bright their wings are and the blue on the bottom edge.  They usually ignore me as they are all about the nectar.

Butterfly time
tiger swallowtail butterfly
tiger swallowtail butterfly up close
carpenter bee with pollen

Fun to watch

It is fun to watch them flitter about trying to find the best flower.  They are usually joined by moths and hummingbirds.  I am still waiting on the hummingbirds, but did see one in my front yard at the lantana flowers.  Each year I also get visited by the carpenter bees and got a great shot of one really enjoying her snack. The only problem with the bees is they are territorial and will fly right at your face if they feel you are a threat.  She was not pleased with me taking that picture and let me know about it.

If you want to create a spot in your garden to attract these visitors, get a few butterfly bushes or any fragrant flowers and they will come.  Then you can look forward to butterfly time in your garden.

 

The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough

– Rabindranath Tagore