January 2007

January 2007

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Garden surprises

Imagine my surprise this morning as I was eating breakfast in my garden, minding my own business, when I looked behind me to see Miss Rose of Sharon peeking at me through the fence. She lives on the other side of the fence in my neighbor's yard but decided to go rogue and come over to say hi. Or, she may just have wanted to return home. My neighbor's shrubs are wanderers from my Rose of Sharon, as are many of her flowers on the "other side." A happy gardener is one whose neighbor doesn't mind an invasion of wandering plants.

Another pleasant surprise, this time as I was eating lunch in my garden - a Swallowtail butterfly feasting on my butterfly bush. It was all over this blossom, swinging up and down when the breeze blew, hanging on tight. I don't usually get swallowtails, they tend to enjoy the country fare, not my city plot. Usually I just see monarchs, whites, and fritillaries.


  1. Both such lovely surprises ... the Swallowtail is just beautiful!

  2. Well, Bonnie, this just proves that eating alfresco is the way to go. Think of what you'd miss if you were at your indoor dining table.

    I'm seeing a lot more swallowtails this year. maybe it was all the rain we had. It's always such gratification to have them visit and enjoy things that I've planted--assisting nature.

  3. Bonnie,

    What a lovely picture. Both swallowtail and butterfly bush look stunning. One of my rules now is to carry the camera with me at all times, just in case.

    I love your blog...great writing and photos! Your gardens are showpieces. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a message. I'm going to subscribe to yours through Google Reader so that I don't miss a thing.