The other morning, the weather was just about glorious -- it was warm, around 70F, the sun was shining, the heat and humidity of summer hadn't reached noon quite yet, and the shade was still hugging some of the larger shrubs in the back of the house.
I grabbed my outdoor gear and sat under my Wax Myrtle tree to sketch one of the purple Butterfly Bushes before the sun made its way over the trees.
These shrubs are always filled with buzzing bees and sipping butterflies. I have several of them around the property, and it seems they attract more butterflies than any of my other flowering plants. Even in the hottest time of the day, butterflies seem to find some kind of respite in these flowers.