They aren’t quite butterflies yet, but I was so excited when I found the monarch caterpillars!! I planted the butterfly garden a few years ago and this year we have SO many butterflies. I also found 10 caterpillars on my parsley.
We haven’t had the monarch butterflies yet, but we have hundreds (and hundreds) of Painted Lady butterflies. They are enjoying the Rough Blaze Star, one of the native plants that I bought at the Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston, KS at their spring sale. Their fall sale is this weekend. You can bet I will be there!!
What a beautiful morning. We are having a break from our days record highs of 110 and 111. The cooler temperatures are certainly making it so enjoyable to be outside.
According to folklore, for every fog in August, there will be snowfall. We are starting August 1 with fog. Old wives tales tell of moisture 90 days after the first fog, which would make for a wet All Hallows’ Eve this year. Hopefully I can remember all of this in 90 days to see if it holds true.
So many different colors of Echinacea, coneflowers
Wylie waiting patiently for his “reptile”, a little salamander that lives in the butterfly garden.
It’s nice to spend time outside on these cooler almost fall days. Some plants are finished blooming for the year, others are reblooming and some are just starting. I love this time of year!
A thunderstorm just passed. This has been the most unusual summer with August being so rainy.
I found the perfect chandelier for my butterfly garden.
Even the hummingbird likes the Shabby Chic Chandelier
This piece of yard art is made of vintage dishes! Love it♥
Butterfly milkweed – the monarchs will be migrating soon!!
Woodbine, KS a small town in Dickinson County, KS Population 170 The town was founded in 1871 originally named Lyons, after a nearby creek. In 1887 renamed Woodbine, after a town in Illinois. The railroad also came thru in 1887, ceasing operation in 1980.
Beautiful zinnia garden
School was built 1909 – last graduating class 1962
Monarchs stopped by today on their way to over-winter in Mexico. Each spring and summer there are 3 – 5 generations born. Most of them live 5 weeks, with the exception of the last generation born at the end of summer. They make the journey back to Mexico. They will then return the following spring. Over-wintering monarchs can live to be 8 months old.
The monarchs were feeding on the butterfly milkweed and vitex (Chaste tree). We are also in the process of adding a larger area of plants focusing on plants that attract butterflies.