I spied this garden of zinnias when I was driving by a school in my city today. The zinnias were at least 4 feet tall! Of course I had to get out of the car and take some pics, because I was sure there would also be butterflies nectaring. I wasn’t disappointed! It’s planted in memory of a lady named Pat. Well, all I can say is Pat would be happy to see these beautiful flowers and butterflies. It made my day!
I don’t know what I will do when winter comes and there are no butterflies!
I was at The Arboretum in Dallas, Texas on August 5,2017. It was a very hot, humid day, but I was in search of butterflies and flowers that were in bloom. Of course, it helps that the entrance fee is only $1 per person and parking is only $5 for the whole month of August. Anyway, here are some beautiful flowers that I need help identifying! Most of their flowers, bushes and trees are identified, but not these.
Update: These flowers are called Celosia Flamingo Celosia Spicata. It is native to the tropics, but the plant is adapted to other climates, so Celosia is grown mostly as an annual all over the world. Celosia Flamingo seeds can be started indoors, and this plant is also known as Wheat Celosia or Flamingo Feather. Celosia Spicata is a tall, upright plant with reddish purple foliage and eye-catching, dark-pink, soft-pink terminal flower spikes that turn to white as they mature.
Celosia Flamingo is a wonderful plant to grow in mixed, sunny borders and patio planters. Celosia Spicata seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks, and the established Celosia Flamingo grows best in full sun or partial shade and needs moderate, but consistent watering with a good drainage provided. Celosia Spicata is one of the most popular cut flowers for dried, everlasting floral arrangements.
The rest of the photos are of the one lone butterfly I photographed and the rest of the flowers. We only lasted 45 minutes out in the heat of the 97 degree August day! Our air conditioned car sure felt good!
Loving this butterfly! With our picture window view out to our backyard, it is easy to spy butterflies sipping on our lantana! Of course swallowtails move so slow and stay around for several minutes, I can always get good photos of them feeding!
Two years ago we saw migrating Monarchs nectaring on these white flowers. We were so happy to see them again in the same place today! There were at least 300 on these bushes that grow along this creek bed. Mostly they were resting and nectaring as there was a south wind blowing about 20 mph. A cold front is headed this way, in about 4 days, with a north wind to push them on to Mexico where they are migrating for the winter. It’s always amazing to see them in such great numbers.