Six on Saturday – Butterflies


It has been a good week for bees and butterflies in my garden. My absurdly overgrown Firebush has started flowering prolifically and I am enjoying all the insect life. Above is a Gulf Fritillary butterfly diving into the flower of an Heirloom Penta. They also enjoy the Firebush. Here is the gigantic Firebush. I read the record Firebush is 13 feet tall. This one may be approaching record height.


The Firebush was planted 6 or 7 years ago to screen the well. This is the Firebush at time of installation; I was told it was Dwarf and would get 4 feet tall! I have tree formed it as I enjoy watching the butterflies. And the well, currently dead is certainly screened.

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Firebush Hamelia patens

Fiona the Greyhound enjoys snapping up a bee now and again.


A bee that is out of Fiona’s reach.


Another part of my good butterfly week – I had an article published in The American Gardener about the Atala Butterflies in my garden. Below is the link.

The American Gardener:
May/June 2020

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18 comments on “Six on Saturday – Butterflies

  1. That bush is huge, it must be buzzing. Your dog eats bees?

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  2. Beautiful photos again

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  3. Chloris says:

    A fabulous shrub, the flowers are gorgeous. The butterfly is new to me, what a beauty.

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  4. Some gorgeous colours….

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, congrats on the publication! Very exciting.
    Doesn’t it annoy you when plants are mislabeled? In the front garden, I have a 3′ ‘dwarf’ thread leaf cypress that is about 12′ tall now. 😦 Sigh. However, the birds do love it and nest in it, so it stays.

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    • Thanks, Eliza. I planted one of those dwarf threadleaf cypress in front of a clients bay window in Atlanta, fortunately he sold the house..they are beautiful and nice for holiday arrangements.

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  6. pbmgarden says:


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  7. What a great article about that unique and beautiful butterfly, congrats! I love how bees bury themselves in flowers! Shileau used to love snapping at bumblebees…she left the wasps alone!

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  8. Well done! Gorgeous butterfly and bush. My fave is Fiona, bee eating indeed.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    What is that palm in the background?!


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