I have been trying to attract butterflies to the garden and give them some habitat to survive, since much of their habitat has been destroyed. This time of year I start looking for caterpillars and butterflies. I like to put a lot of bright colored flowers in the garden to draw the butterflies in.
Red hot pokers flowers, butterfly weed, and Russian sage. I like orange in the garden! When I sit at my desk by the window I look out at this.
Pollinator on butterfly weed. I have two large stands of this plant in the yard. Today I was standing on the patio when I saw a monarch butterfly on our butterfly weed right by the patio. I tried to stay still in case it wanted to deposit some eggs, but it flew away. That is the first monarch I have seen in two years. I hope it comes back!
Shasta daisies. I got rid of almost all the Shasta daisies I had in my garden, but left a couple just because they are cheery.
Coreopsis ‘moonbeam’ with blue hill salvia.
We took a walk this morning starting out from the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in the forest preserve. Up ahead is Long John Slough, a little lake where we stopped to watch a variety of wildlife.
As we stood at the shore we saw something that at first we thought was a beaver. Then we thought is was an otter. We finally realized that it was a muskrat. There was a muskrat couple busy working this morning. This one is swimming with a bunch of grass in its mouth back to the other muskrat. We could not see the den, or whatever a muskrat home is called. The water lilies were beautiful today. In any case it was a gorgeous day to stand on the shore and watch the activity.
Toadstools in the forest.
We forgot our bug spray in the car and the horse flies and mosquitoes started chasing us at this point!
Unidentified butterfly. The picture is a bit fuzzy, but I included it because it did not look familiar. I was not sure how to identify this butterfly with its wings closed…
The zinnias are starting to bloom in the yard, so that should start bringing the butterflies in.