Sunny and warm...and butterflies!

May 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yesterday was sunny and warm, a nice break from the chilly and rainy week before.  I enjoyed a wonderful walk at the Garden in the sunshine and without a jacket.  I kept catching fleeting glimpses of Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies but it is too early in the season to photograph them.  There have been an abundance of Red Admiral butterflies in our area for the past month but they are also tough to catch still enough to photograph.  Butterflies are extremely hard to photograph any time of year, but early in the season they rarely stay still long enough to snap a photograph.  Later in the season they slow down and linger on flowers and seem less concerned with human presence.  Just knowing they are there is enough for now - such marvelous creatures!  The tulips at the Garden are almost gone, but so many other things are in bloom.  I've been fascinated with exploring the Landscape Garden as well as the English Walled Garden this past couple of weeks.  

The lily of the valley, both in my garden at home and in the Landscape Garden are in their glory and their scent is just incredible. 

I couldn't believe the stunning color of the pine cones on this Norway spruce.  I promise, what you see is what you get...I did no color enhancement on these!

 

 

Yellow hardy ice plant in the Rock Garden area of the Landscape Garden. Tiny but beautiful. 

I love ferns and these beauties caught my eye in the woodland area of the Native Plant Garden.

The lupines in the English Walled Garden are beautiful. I cannot see a lupine without thinking of the beloved children's book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, read many a time in our household.

  A colorful red anenome and african daisies...


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