Wednesday, 28 January 2009

ABC Wednesday - Round 4

B IS FOR:



BUTTERFLIES !

Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~ Hans Christian Anderson


Like all gardeners I welcome all the butterflies that pass through my garden. Usually by the time I have found my camera and sprinted back out they have fluttered off, but here are a couple that I managed to snap one sunny September afternoon. The first is perched on a sedum, a well known plant for attracting butterflies. The others are basking on a clematis jouiniana 'Praecox' which unbeknown to me, when I planted it, is a butterfly magnet.


This is my first post on ABC Wednesday - sadly I missed out on A. Links to posts from other participants are here :

11 comments:

  1. Great photos...beautiful color...the butterfly in the first shot is so pretty it looks painted...

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  2. I love butterflies! They are so pretty. They make me think of summer. I miss summer!

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  3. Beautiful photos Anna - makes me yearn for summer. We didnt have the usual amount of butterflies last year - so fingers crossed this year is better.
    K

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  4. The first picture is so dazzlingly colourful and the second shows how they swarm.

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  5. Hi Anna - I love your photo of the peacock butterfly - one of my favourite garden visitors.

    Welcome to ABC Wednesday too - I see a few more garden blogs have joined which is great!

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  6. Fabulous photo, it's like little eyes staring at you. Isn't nature wonderful?

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  7. Hello Anna, BBBeautiful bbbbutteerflies and great words by H.C Anderson

    I grow the Sedum telephium L. just to get the lovely butterflies.

    Take care Tyra

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  8. I'm looking forward to seeing butterflies again. It's been a long winter and your shots look just like summmer! Beautiful butterflies.

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  9. Beuatiful photos - they make me feel that summer is just around the corner. I like the Clematis - especially if it attracts butterflies.

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  10. The fact that butterflies pollinate alone makes them a welcome garden guest. The fact that they are so beautiful is a delightful bonus!

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  11. Thanks for all your comments. A special welcome to Carol, Life with Kaishon, Rinkley Rimes and Tumblewords.

    Thanks Carol. I see what you mean, but wonder whether the butterfly would pose long enough for you to dab the paint on its wings :)

    Life with Kaishon - I miss summer too ! Roll on spring and at least we are getting nearer.

    Thanks Karen. Butterflies were indeed in short supply last summer if you can call it that - let's hope for more sunshine and more butterflies in 2009.

    Thank you Rinkly Rimes - there were more butterflies on the clematis in the second shot, but I only managed to capture two of them.

    VP, thank you for the welcome to ABC Wednesday. I will have to find the other gardening blogs :)

    Hello Maureen - the 'eyes' are amazing and such vibrant colours. Nature indeed is wonderful :)

    Tyra, I like choosing special butterfly plants too :)
    Such bbbbbliss when the butterflies float into the garden and stay for afternoon tea :)

    Oh thank you Tumblewords - I imagine that your winters must be even longer than ours. It is comforting to reminded of summer in the middle of it all :)

    Thanks HappyMouffetard - the clematis is beautiful, does attract lots of butterflies but on the minus side it dies a horrible death !

    Could not agree with you more Monica. Beauty and usefulness don't always go hand in hand, so it is a special bonus when they do !

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.