Pages

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Atala!!!

I finally saw an atala butterfly in our yard last week. Of course I didn't have my camera on me but this morning she was sitting on the coontie and kindly waited until I ran inside and got my camera.

To learn about the atala check out these sites .....

Butterfly comes back from near extinction

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dainty Sulphur

I spotted several of these little guys (and girls) when taking Cleo for a walk yesterday. I went back to get my camera to grab a few photos so I could identify them. A year ago I would have thought they were just little moths flying about in the grass. (Thank you David Suzuki!)

 I think they are dainty sulphurs, being Florida's smallest yellow butterfly, about 3/4 to 1 .25 inches (wing span). This is the female with the black markings. Interesting that the colorings very depending on the season. They are more heavily pigmented in winter. 
Here is a male....(I think!)...with less black markings.
We also found this white peacock  in the grass...
The beebalm is showing its color......
I have a load of pots waiting to be photographed but it's so much more fun to be out in the garden!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Wildflower Week!

What a great week to celebrate wildflowers as so many are in full bloom! Our wild flower garden is just that, wild with flowers. I hope you have some wildflowers in your yard, on your walk or in some nearby parks to enjoy!
 The maypop passionflower is so interesting I have to include two views....
 I love daisies and daisy-likes. The black-eyed susie is new to our garden this year. I was so happy to learn it is a native flower in Florida.
 Another new one, spiderwort (yes, it could have a better nicname!). It closes up later in the day so got this photo this morning.
 White plumbago is native in Florida .....
 ....and only after cropping this photo this morning did I really see the beauty of this little darling.
 Sand dune sunflower, also native.
The native rain lilies love the rain so I've been sprinkling them everyday lately. These came from my friend Belinda.
 Flavaria .....
 Salvia.....
 Another favorite daisy-like, blanket flower....
 Not a native milkweed but I do welcome in the garden for the monarchs.
 Mimosa, now that's a good name!
The wild petunias only last about a day but new ones are opening most days right now.
 This isn't a native flower but it is a wildflower. It came in a package of mixed wildflower seeds. I'm not sure of what it is called, anyone know?
 Happy Wildflower Week!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cassius Blue in the Garden

A year ago I wouldn't have thought that I'd be butterfly gardening but once I learned about the Monarch's threat I started planting milkweed, and it has snowballed into more native gardening and searching for butterfly host plants and all with great rewards ..... butterflies in the garden! We have started to record the different ones we see and I am trying to have my camera with me more often when I'm outside so I can catch a shot of them. Some I can only identify with the help of a photograph like this little guy, Cassius Blue. He is so similar to the Miami Blue and Ceraunus Blue that it took quite some time of studying my various photos to determine which he/she is.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ART POTTERY 2014

The works created by guild members, students and instructors of the ceramic classes at JCC in Boca Raton are on display until May 22nd. If you can't make it to see the show in person, enjoy a few photos .....
 

... porcelain pieces by Sylvia Rosen, benefactor of the studio ....
Classes are offered in wheel and hand-building, beginners through experienced. Email for more info.