Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monarch Photo Taken Last Summer


I had never planted Butterfly Bushes before as they are not hardy to my zone 4 garden but I did put one in last summer on the south side of the house in a protected area, I had scads of butterflies on it!  So this year I am planting more and if I have to treat them as annuals I will just to attract the butterflies.

19 comments:

Mumsy, Chancy and Co. said...

That picture is beautiful! Butterflies are just so pretty. I am glad you had good luck with the butterfly bush.

gardeningasylum said...

That's a wonderful photo! The buddleia are a little marginal here in z5a too, but it seems that if you can get them through the first 2 winters, they'll be okay, even if the plant dies back to the ground. Good luck with them!

Rosemary said...

Lovely photo hopefully your buddleia will make it thru.

Wanda..... said...

Beautiful photo...my 'butterfly' bushes die backquite a bit, but they send out new growth each spring. Good luck with yours, they do attract the butterflies and hummingbird moths.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I do hope your buddleia survived the winter. It's amazing how many butterflies will come to the blooms, and it's always such a pleasure to see them.

Lovely photo.

Arkansas Patti said...

They are so beautiful and delicate. I try to feed all stages.
Plant parsley if you want the black swallowtail in abundance. I discovered that last year when they filled my hanging basket where I was growing parsley with their colorful caterpillars.

Sharon said...

Very nice shot! I have never planted butterfly bushes, somebody would just mow over them anyway :( I hope yours actually made it through, if not, plant again!

Have a great day!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Beautiful photograph of the butterfly!

Out on the prairie said...

I never put them in much, they didn't come back when I did. Here I have a milder climate perhaps, and like you put them in a better location.

The Japanese Redneck said...

That is a super amazing picture!

The Japanese Redneck said...

That is a super amazing picture!

Louise said...

What a beautiful shot!

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Gosh, what a wonderful picture!

Giga said...

Motyl jest śliczny. Ja próbowałam też robić zdjęcie motyla siedzącego na mojej budleji, ale niestety robiłam to aparatem telefonicznym i nie wyszło zbyt ciekawie.Pozdrawiam

Kathy said...

Amazing. Colors are spectacular.

threedogsinagarden said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog.Your butterfly picture is lovely. Late last summer,I planted a butterfly bush that I got at an end of season clearance sale.Like you, I am hoping it makes it through the winter.

Amila Kanchana said...

Wow this is so perfect!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a stunning shot. So clear!

BJ Roan said...

I have 8 butterfly bushes. They are on the north side of the house, so waiting to see if they survive the harsh winter. 4 of them wintered just fine last year, but this winter was much colder. They do bring in the butterflies, and the hummingbirds. The yellow one is my favorite bush. I hope yours survived.