garden buster sail

today was the day. for the last several weeks butterflies have been lingering in the garden. i think they were waiting for today. today the wild fall aster opened. and while i cannot smell them the butterflies are not so impaired. there was a riot of fluttering wings around this flower and all over the garden. a flutter flight. this plant is about 36 inches 91 cm across and it stands taller than the 48 inch 122 cm fence. there were easily a dozen monarchs and a couple swallowtails feasting. are they tanking up for migration ? all i can tell you is i wait for this day each year. who needs a butterfly house when this flower opens ?

14 thoughts on “garden buster sail

  1. John Hric Post author

    I think Mother Nature planted the seed for this Aster. The funny thing is it last just that one day. Whether the monarchs do indeed take off on migration or there just is not the same level of nectar to draw them in the event is over in one day. Thanks beth !

    1. John Hric Post author

      It is pretty much a one day event. There were two or three stragglers the next day. That first day easily a dozen at a time. It must send out a scent that they cannot ignore.


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