Have I ever mentioned how much I like coneflowers?
I have a few different cultivars, but the hardiest and most prolific ones in my garden are the native species Echinacea purpurea.
They self-seed and multiply each year in different parts of my garden, but they especially love my little sidewalk garden at the front of the house.
Butterflies have been scarce this year, but I can always count on the coneflowers to attract any butterflies that might be in the area.
As soon as they begin to bloom, the butterflies suddenly appear, as if by magic.
Butterflies like the large flowers for "landing pads," a nice spot to rest for a bit and get a snack, do a little sunbathing, and maybe even meet some new friends.
Butterflies aren't the only creatures attracted to coneflowers.
Most times of the day, this swath of coneflowers is swarming with bumblebees!
Other bees enjoy them, too.
There is plenty of room for two to share the pollen!
I was so excited to see what I thought was a Monarch one day. But after posting this on Facebook, I was told this was actually a Viceroy--see the tell-tale horizontal line on its hind wing?
But I finally saw the real deal this week--my first Monarch sighting of the year!
I hope to see more as well as other butterfly friends--there are plenty of coneflowers to share!
Have I mentioned before how much I love coneflowers? Yes, I probably have--and more than once. But every June and July when they bloom, I fall in love all over again.
Next week is the annual Bloggers' Fling in Minneapolis. I was really looking forward to going, especially since I spent my first two years of college in the area and enjoyed going to "the Cities" whenever I could. Unfortunately, however, I had a conflict with a previous commitment--I'll be in D.C. with my daughter next week. To my friends who are going to the Fling, I'll miss re-connecting with you, but enjoy your time in one of my favorite cities in the Midwest!