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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Garden Monarch Butterfly Echinacea Daisy

It was a busy day here with all the Butterflies and Bees buzzing around. Photos of my first Monarch Butterfly this year. It finally flew away as I followed it around trying to get a better photo of the wing spread

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They are so beautiful and bright you can hardly miss them, which is a good thing. I love to watch them.

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They are sure loving the Echinacea this year. This was a bonus shot with the bee on another flower.

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The Daisies are blooming away. The height of the Daisies and Echinacea are huge this year. My Echinacea are atleast 5 foot tall. My Weigela shrubs have all but disappeared in there. I'm assuming this is from all the rain and hoping that I don't get quite this much height every year or that my Weigela starts growing some. Hope you all have a nice July 4th weekend.

31 comments:

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Beautiful butterfly and captured so nicely.

elaine rickett said...

Beautiful Echinacea's, I grew some from seed last year, they have a long way to go before they are as spectacular as yours.

Mark and Gaz said...

Lovely Echinacea and to start seeing the Monarch butterflies is special :)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Beautiful butterfly photos!... I had a Monarch yesterday too as I was working in my garden, but when I ran to get my camera (which I usually always have with me) she was gone... your daisies are so pretty in there too... xoxo Julie Marie PS Happy 4th of July weekend to you too!

Diane said...

They are lovely Cher. The flowers and the butterfly. You have inspired me to try to capture some (on my camera).

Raffaella said...

How beautiful is your garden!... and I love butterflies!

HolleyGarden said...

What a beautiful butterfly! And your echinaceas look so fresh! Mine are a bit crispy fried, but they have been the biggest draw for butterflies in my garden. Definitely on my list to get more!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Char
Either that's one tall strain of echinacea or the rain just keeps pushing it up!
I enjoyed the monarch in your garden, sometimes they're a little camera shy or else they think you're a critter after the same flowers as them.
Happy Gardening
Judith

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GirlSprout said...

Cher, your photos are beautiful. Hope to see some monarchs soon,too. I've mentioned this before, but I love the echinacea and daisy combo.

Donna Heber said...

Exquisite picture of a Monarch on your Echinacea! Your garden is so beautiful.

Cathy and Steve said...

Your photographs are amazing!! Our daisies are blooming but it will be a few weeks yet before we see most of our echinacea here although one of our early varieties just opened up it's first blossoms this past weekend. Your photos are making me eager for the rest to flower!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,

Your Sunrays are gorgeous and love the activity of all the butterflys and bees...What a joy! Isn't this time of year awesome? Everything just blooming like crazy...
Have a great long weekend in the garden!
All the Best,
Christine

Julia@PolkaDotGaloshes said...

What gorgeous pic's! I am crossing my fingers this year for visitors of the butterfly kind, last year we didn't see many at all. Been busy planting BF friendly plants in hopes of their return. Also thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoying my jungle of a garden...Cheers Julia =)

Msrobin said...

What part of Ohio are in that you have monarchs already? I've only seen cabbage whites so far. It seems that my butterflies always wait for the butterfly bush to bloom, even though I have plenty of other favorites for them to enjoy. And even though I haven't seen any swallowtails yet, I know they've been here because I have caterpillars on the dill and carrots!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Sooo pretty! I have not seen many butterflies this year. Hope to see more soon.

Malar said...

Beautiful butterfly! Your garden must be a favorite place for them!

milka said...

Beautiful butterflies and beautiful flowers. The Daisy patch is lovely.

Casa Mariposa said...

Lucky you!! Monarchs don't arrive here until late summer. Your daisies and coneflowers look wonderful!!

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Autumn Belle said...

Now I know where all the butterflies and bees had gone to. Your beautiful garden!

Sissy said...

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Both your dog and your garden are beautiful!

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Cher! Found you through Lavender Cottage - attracted by your post on echinacea - my neighbor has a bounty in her yard and I've been captivated by them. We sowed wildflowers all across our front and enjoy the untamed variety and color into the fall, but i have thought about interspersing certain flowers on purpose - the echinacea being one of them. I enjoy how informative your text is with your excellent photos - I've got some lovely butterfly shots from last year's garden. I shall be following you and hope to learn more! Hope you visit me at The Writer's Reverie!
Joy!
Miss Kathy

Clytie said...

I am sitting here lovin' on your monarch shots! I haven't seen one in years - they used to be all over the place when I was a kid. I don't know why they stopped.

I have never grown echinacea, they are lovely! Maybe next year I will give it a go ...

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your flowers are lovely. I really like the butterfly photos; well done following it around the garden!

greggo said...

Congrates. thanks for commenting on my blog also. I'm looking for more monarchs also. seems to be short on big butterflys this year.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's at Fishtail Cottage! So sweet when the monarch's come to visit our gardens! xoxo, tracie

bakingbarb said...

Your Echinacea is quite stunning, what a large amount of blooms. While it grows here in the PNW it seems so much more at home in the Midwest States - it grew so much better for me in MI then it does here.

jbplbarbara said...

Just gorgeous garden and beautiful pics. Visiting from Mel Dreams Often.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Barbara
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Leila said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the flowers and the butterflies! What a beautiful sight!

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