Friday, August 26, 2016

Butterflies on Bright Summer Flowers

Pretty bugs on yellow & white lantana: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday and welcome to "this week in my Maryland garden!" Many flowers are blooming and it seems like we have more butterflies than we've had in the past couple years, so that is an added blessing.
Swallowtail butterfly on buddelia: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The butterflies love many of our flowers but the butterfly bushes (aka buddelia) often have several butterflies per plant, especially in the morning.
Bicolor dahlia and bright bug: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
The dahlias get their share of butterflies too.
Giant red zinnia with cute bug: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
And the giant red zinnias definitely attract butterflies. 
Giant red zinnia with swallowtail: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
There often are butterflies, bees and even golden finches on the giant zinnias. The tithonia have started blooming too but the flowers are up so high I have yet to get a sharable photo. Hopefully next week. The tithonia are special in that they also attract hummingbirds.

Thank you for visiting! That's all for this week's mini garden tour. May God bless you!

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