Our Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) is at peak bloom and reminds me of a giant bouquet.
I’m grateful to live near The Arboretum and to be able to observe and learn from the diversity of plants. On a recent walk, I was delighted to find several native perennials with colorful blooms.
I like the soft mauve color of Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), and it was a special treat to see a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on this one.
I got ‘bubble fever’ after our recent rain showers and learned once again how unpredictable bubbles can be. They often move too fast or burst too quickly for me to photograph them. However, this one on butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) cooperated quite nicely.
I really like old-fashioned, bright-colored zinnia blossoms – and so do butterflies. I’ve recently seen several Eastern Tiger Swallowtails (Papilio glaucus) on this particular pink zinnia.