Sunday, July 5, 2009

Today's Flowers - July 5

Milkweed (Butterfly Weed) Flower Head

My gardening daughter, Jean, is a lover of all sorts of plants, especially those that attract butterflies, and more especially, Monarch Butterflies. She was overjoyed to find a Milkweed plant for her garden (evidently hard to find around here). She told me yesterday that, while the Monarchs have not yet shown up, the flowers are already attracting all sorts of butterflies.






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14 comments:

Rose said...

Very nice! And I love the daylily below!

Oz Girl said...

This is just gorgeous, love the flower AND your shot! :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful plant and photo, Pat... Love the colors!!!!

Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Patty said...

Beautiful, bright colors. They would make even the saddest person feel happy.

Snap said...

Happy colors! Celebration colors for this holiday weekend! Tell your daughter I've more *other* butterflies than monarchs this year. I have no idea where they all have come from, but they are gorgeous. They just don't stay still long enough to have their portrait done! :D

Jeannelle said...

Lovely photo! Looks like Iowa State Cyclone colors! Glad to hear butterflies are visiting this milkweed and I hope a Monarch comes soon. I have a orangish milkweed similar to this and it is just starting to bloom, too.

Have you been to "stickhorsecowgirls" blog? They post some pretty good old memories. They're in Arkansas, too, I think.

NitWit1 said...

Wow, that is too pretty to be a weed!! But then I have cone flowers and black eyed susans which are weeds to some.

Marvin said...

I agree. Butterfly weed is such a cool plant. We have some wild (orange) around, but I wish we had more.

Moannie said...

I don't think I have ever seen this flower before...it is stunning.

rhymeswithplague said...

I'm not even a butterfly and I am attracted.

Arkansas Patti said...

Beautiful shot of the milkweed. I leave mine alone for the Monarch. Some people actually destroy these lovely plants.

Snowbrush said...

Oh, how beautiful. I should think it would attract more than a few hummingbirds too, although I have no idea if they could make use of it.

Linda Starr said...

I couldn't help but notice this flower as I have it in my garden too. For your daughter - here's a shot of the monarch chrysalis and scroll down on my post to see a monarch caterpillar and the butterfly in my garden.

http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2008/11/omen.html

Hilary said...

Just gorgeous. The milkweed I've seen around here (which does indeed attract Monarchs) is much more subdued shades - like mauve.