Saturday, July 05, 2008

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush
Originally uploaded by linfrye
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.

What JOY!


Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Beautiful. It's been a long time since I've seen a butterfly bush, but when I do I'm reminded of my grandmothers flower garden. Great job Lin.

Joan said...

I love the colors in this!!! I guess the butterflies do too. Nicely done, Lin!

Teri C said...

You have certainly captured the beauty in this bush. How fun that it attracts so much wildlife.

Carol C said...

Love, this, Lin! Good job!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely written piece Lin. That in combination with your beautiful flower painting are a joy!

Jana Bouc said...

Thanks for the beautiful bright painting and the info about the butterfly attracting plant. Do you think they'd survive the foggy Bay Area? I'd love to attract more butterflies and bees to my yard.