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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Dianthus Feather Grass with Althea- Rose of Sharon Tree


Blue Bedder Salvia modge podge of Zinnias


White Vinca with Yellow Sulphur Butterfly. Sulphurs are a sign that the seasons are close to changing. We see them before Spring and before Fall.




Yellow Sulphur on Zinnia, no it's not the same Sulphur.


Hemaris thysbe , Hummingbird Moth or Clearwing Moth are seen on clear sunny days unlike most moths. The love my Dianthus and I have seen several at a time sipping the juice from fallen pears.


Don't know this Butterfly's name, looks like a Swallowtail, she sure was enjoying the pink Profusion Zinnias. Yesterday not only did I see the critters posted here today, I also saw several Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, several Zebra Swallowtail Butterflies and plenty of Bees. Could this Butterfly be an older Zebra Swallowtail? See how it has blue and not white on it?





Linking up to http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ for today and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for tomorrow.



I have started a new website http://handmadeandvintage.weebly.com it's a new idea of an old concept for shoppers. Remember the site is new and still needs some tweaking. Items are updated every few days. If you have a chance drop by and take look, if you see something that interests you "Get Your Haggle On."


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Today I am Thankful for all of this activity in my gardens!


50 comments:

Skeeter said...

Yep, that is a Zebra you have there. My butterfly book says they change a bit from Spring to late Summer. Blue spots are a color found on their kite tails...

We are starting to see yellow sulphurs as well. Fall is approaching...

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Your photo of the clear wing is wonderful!! I wish mine were half that good. Will venture over to your new site.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

You have got some awesome photos! Love seeing the butterflys and that moth is gorgeous! Didn't know there were any that ventured out in the daytime. Your garden is still beautiful. This time of year is always ancy for me. I want to do a Fall clean up since things are ending their cycle, but it's way to early.
Have a great weekend!
*hugs*deb

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I just checked out your website. Such a neat concept, great tiems. Wishing you many sales!
*hugs*deb

George said...

I like the Feather Grass. Your macro of the butterfly is excellent.

Becca's Dirt said...

Pretty blooms Darla. Love the hummingbird moth and now I can identify them too. LOL. Now girl I know you had to get down pretty low to get those pics of the dianthus. I wish I could squat or kneel down - knees too old for that now.

After the slight cool down we had for a couple of days - maybe we are going to have an early fall especially since your already seeing the yellow sulphur butterfly. I saw where Marydon said she thought they were having an early fall.

poppilinnstudios said...

Beautiful photos Darla! Love the close-ups.
-Lynn

Aerie-el said...

Beautiful pictures! Wonderful to see all your winged critters too. The new website is great!

Karen said...

All the butterflies in your garden look happy to have found all those flowers. I've seen the sulphurs here, too, and I'm hoping for at least another month of nice, warm temps. I'm not looking forward to frost. At all.

HolleyGarden said...

Love your salvia with zinnias! A great combination! Pretty butterflies. I always get so excited when I see a hummingbird moth. Not sure why. I guess just because it's different than most.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, I'm so happy for you and proud of you ---starting that new blogsite...

Love your flowers... I didn't put any Vinca out this year --but miss it since we like it..
Hugs,
Betsy

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Your photos are just wonderful! So pleased that you named the flowers and insects.

Thanks for the visit! Yes, wouldn't it be great if we could incorporate the scent of the flower with the paint!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Darla! Nice to see your beautiful garden! And I learned a thing or two too!

Julie said...

I just adore dianthus.

Elzie said...

So beautiful pictures. Glad I found your blog. Will visit again!
Hope you have a nice weekend.
Love Elzie

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love the new site!
I hope it's very successful for you!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love that feather grass. I need to add it to my list of plants that I need :)

NanaK said...

I didn't realize the sulphurs showed up more at the changing of the seasons, but now that I think about it, yes. Fall. I am looking forward to being able to spend some more time outside. Lately it has either been raining or just too hot to be out for very long. Great photos of lovely flowers and the creatures who love them.

L said...

Mornin' Darla! LOVE your blog! Thanks for following mine :)

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

I think I need to go check for some yellow sulfers in my garden too...I hope they are here, I am looking forward to some cooler weather.

thank you for stopping by this week and leaving such sweet supportive comments...I hope all is well with you and the family.

Blessings Kelsie

Lois said...

I love the new website Darla! I'm going to send you a message about a vintage window I have from my grandmother's old house that I could use some help with.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a beautiful post! Love the flowers and butterflies. Gorgeous photos! Linda

Ginger said...

that hummingbird moth totally freaks me out, ha ha!


the hidden ginger you sent me is growing like crazy after getting off to a slow start. wow! thanks again for that :)

Amanda said...

Your photos are wonderful! Just been over to your website, such a fun idea to haggle over the price. You have some lovely items there, I'm sure it will be a great success.

Karen said...

Hi Darla, thanks for the comment on my post. To answer your question on the hibiscus seed---you know, I've never checked, but I will now. And the AJ sedums; well, I have very anemic sandy soil and it's rather dry so they seem to like it and don't get too floppy. Another thing I do is grow them in full sun and when they're up about six inches in the spring I take a shovel and root prune them all the way around the plant, staying close to the stems. They wilt, but they get over it and then they stand up better.

Good to know about the portulaca, I was wondering if I was supposed to be fussing with it or not. The salvia is just being stubborn this year and so are my usually faithful hyacinth beans...the plant looks wonderful, but not a flower in sight.

Rusty in Miami said...

Beautiful pictures, those yellow butterflies are difficult to photograf

Grace said...

I saw "CF Thursday" and couldn't believe it's been that long since I've been to your blog, Darla Dear. Bad me! I'm so envious of your hummingbird moth population. You lucky gal. Of course they come not because of luck but because of your hard work. So kudos to you. Love that last photo with the PINK flowers and the butterfly.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Darla,
Love all of your butterfly pics. Yes, Fall will be here before we know it. Your flowers are bloomin beautiful! Thought I was already following you. But I guess not. I am now.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I LOVE the picture of that Hummingbird Moth on Dianthus!!! We have a lot of hummingbirds this summer, but I haven't see a single H. moth!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Yes, I am thankful for all the activity in my yard, too. There were lots of butterflies out and about today, many white ones, maybe cabbage whites, but I'm not sure, because they were on blooms I don't think I normally see them on, and in larger numbers.

Jennifer said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your pictures are gorgeous. I don't know how you manage to capture so many shots with pretty insects to add to the beauty of the flowers. :)

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