The swallowtail butterflies are back at Pink Gardens this summer. This is a gorgeous example of a Tiger Swallowtail, and there is a more elusive, darker variety, too. I haven't quite been able to photograph him yet! This one is attracted to June's lavender Butterfly bush. Go figure, lol! The red hummingbird feeder can be seen in the background, and almost every 20 minutes or so a hummer comes to feed.
Another sort of tiger in the yard... My tiger lilies are really quite something this year. Even though I lost more than half of them to "critters," the ones that did flower are more than 6 feet tall and have several blossoms. I'll have a post just on these flowers soon. I photograph them almost every day.
A sea of black-eyed Susans, rudbeckia, in front of a local bank in town. I can't grow these in my yard. As soon as they send up shoots and a few leaves, the rabbits and deer chow 'em down. Nothing works as a deterrent. These were one of my mother's favorites and I really wish I had them in the yard!
My hydrangea continues its journey to burgundy. This variety started out pale green, then turned bright white, then a beautiful blush of blue, and now is fading to green and pink, and by fall (or August at this rate) will be mostly burgundy with a touch of pale green. I've really had a hard time not picking them, but I love to watch them change colors as they mature.
A better view of the lavender butterfly bush. I love the way it complements the salmon and cream of the house. The fact they really do attract butterflies is icing on the cake!
Two points for anyone that knows this flower! It's a lettuce bloom! Some of the garden lettuce has "bolted" and these lovely blue flowers are the result. They remind me of "Ragged Sailors" which are a native wildflower, and that makes sense since they are really chicory, a relative of lettuce.