Saturday, August 2, 2008

Butterflies LOVE Echinacea

These are some of the echinaceas (coneflowers) growing in my gardens. You might say I have an echinacea feish...and you'd be correct. ;-) I LOVE them because they begin blooming in late July and continue on until late September -- if I remember to remove spent flowers. PLUS they attract butterflies.

Here in my USDA Zone 4 garden (sorry for the fancy garden-speak but if you're a serious gardener you know Zone 4 means my growing season is short), butterfly bushes -- the REAL butterfly magnets -- are just NOW beginning to bloom.

So for me, the echinaceas do some of the advance luring of butterflies into my yard. YES!!

14 comments:

Mary said...

They are lovely! Somehow, I didn't realize they came in yellow, too. I guess I haven't read any seed catalogs in along time...

Blue said...

Another season I must buy some as they are lovely & I need to attract more Butterflies.
Are they perennials?

Ex-Shammickite said...

I have the pink/purple ones, but no yellows. They are on my shopping list for 2009!

dot said...

Not only did I learn something new today (echinacea) but I enjoyed seeing some beautiful flowers too. I caught a couple pictures of the same flowers yesterday in a park. I'm going to plant some of these next year( I think I say that every year lol)

see you there! said...

For whatever reason, I don't think I've ever seen a butterfly here at the mt. house. I could be that we haven't planted much. There are wildflowers in our rather forested area tho.

Darla

Small City Scenes said...

So beautiful. You captured it all.
How do you make a collage? MB

Willard said...

A lovely series! It makes one want to be their with the camera!

Pearl Maple said...

Beautiful photos, when your season is shorty every day is special.

Thank you for sharing and your kind comments on my blog for Sky Watch Friday.

Louise said...

I would never tire of looking at such beautiful things.

me ann my camera said...

Exactly my thoughts for growing coneflowers also!!! I love them

Kerri said...

Oh this is such a FABULOUS collage! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these flowers!

Rose said...

Wow! These are lovely...and you know what? They are just what I need in my yard cause I don't have a thing that is blooming now. I don't know why I hadn't thought of them...they are blooming all over here too right now.

Rambling Woods said...

Our growing season is short too. Love the coneflower and is that a tiger swallowtail butterfly?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Rambling Woods,
Yep. it's an eastern tiger swllowtail. I have yet to get a really good photo of one...but I keep trying!

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