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 ?
not everything is found by sight. today the aster was in scent. and the monarchs responded. there were 4 or 5 drawn to the nectar. some days you can summon kings without lifting a finger…
flutterbyes a name that perplexes the spell checker and beautifies the garden. no reflections from july today. today is today. i am sure many have been to butterfly enclosures where you can experience them up close. today high court was held in the garden. no enclosures. no special releases by zoo keepers. today the monarchs feasted on wild aster. it has been permanently declared a non weed. the 5 or 6 monarch butterflies have declared it so. and who in their right mind could argue ? they danced on the air and feasted on the flowers. and that is why i venture into the garden. i even managed to take a few daylily pictures.
walk slow and look around. and walk around again looking for what you missed. yes the number of blooming flowers is lower than it was a couple of weeks ago. and seeing what i saw today tells me i probably missed even more flowers back then. here are a few of the things i eventually found today. after a couple go arounds i noticed a brand new seedling in bloom. admittedly it was doing a good job of keeping its head down. and there are more getting ready to stick their heads up. there are scapes coming up with new flowers. so while i am collecting the seed pods i will enjoy those monarch butterflies and the flowers that are blooming.