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One of my favorite shrubs is Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii).  I have used it in countless landscapes and I like how well it does when planted around trees where they can enjoy the filtered shade.


Now that fall is just a couple of days away (SUPER excited about that by the way), my thoughts drift toward plants that bloom in fall, which include Autumn Sage.


For more reasons why you may want to add this delightful plant to your garden, check out my latest article for Houzz.com

Architecture, interior design, and more ∨

Hire residential landscape architects to help with all aspects of landscape design, from selecting or designing outside patio furniture, to siting a detached garage or pergola.
As you get ready to host an event, be sure you have enough dining room chairs and dishes for dinner guests, as well as enough bakeware and chef knives for food preparation.

A beautiful and successful garden, attracts pollinators.  My three favorite pollinators begin with the letter ‘B’ – bees, butterflies and birds.

First, the bees…

Icelandic Poppy
Begonia

Rabbitbrush  
Now, butterflies…
Swallowtail and Dianthus

Pipevine Swallowtail

White Checkered Butterfly
And, my favorite – birds…
 
Black-Chinned Hummingbird feeding from Ocotillo flower.
 What kind of pollinators do you have visiting your garden this week?

What are their favorite plants?

There is just something about the miraculous transformation that a caterpillar undergoes resulting into a beautiful creature.  I think that is what continue to amaze us, even as adults.  

 Painted Lady
Last spring, my kids and I raised butterflies ourselves using a kit that I had found at Costco.  
 My daughter, Gracie, getting ready to let her butterflies free.
It was so much fun seeing them transform before our eyes and then getting ready to let them go.
It is hard for me to think of them as insects…..
I don’t particularly enjoy holding caterpillars in my hand, but I find intense enjoyment when a butterfly alights on my hand.
It is sometimes hard for me to get a good picture of a butterfly…..
Swallowtail feeding upon Lantana.
Believe me, I have tried, but they usually turn out blurry, like the one above.
Butterflies do not seem to understand that they need to sit still so that I can get the ‘perfect’ shot with my camera 😉
Thankfully, there are always butterfly pavilions at our local botanic garden where the butterflies are content to stay still so that I can take their picture…..
How about you?  
Have you had luck taking pictures of butterflies? 

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Please come and see my latest Birds & Blooms post


Beautiful Native Shrub With a Floral Surprise