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 ?