Wednesday, September 10, 2008

At their peak

The oxblood lilies are now at that point where there are as many as there will be. More will come, but older ones will shrivel, and the quantity will diminish. We find odd ones popping up here and there, thanks to the squirrels. A neighbor who has tried for years to move all his from a bed where a prior owner grew them finds new ones every year in the old location. They are all so beautiful, appearing where there was nothing visible just hours ago. We have seen monarch butterflies. I think that the newspaper gardening columnist thought she had aphids when what the picture showed was asclepias with butterfly eggs on the stems near the flowers. We still see some hummingbirds.


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