Hello, I’m a Red Admiral butterfly, and I’ll be your host on May 15, 2010 for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
As you can see, I’m enjoying the last of the lilac nectar this sunny morning. Now that I’m a butterfly, it’s one of my favourite foods. (When I was just a caterpillar, I preferred eating nettles.) There are a few of us Red Admirals flitting about today. In fact, it has been a bit of a garden party.
But enough about us. You’re here to see what’s blooming, aren’t you? It doesn’t seem like a lot when you’re flying around, but when you get up-close, like I do, it’s very pretty. The human with the camera has tried out some little black marks under some of the pictures to explain. Perhaps they’ll make more sense to you.
While you’re figuring that out, I’ll have a little sit in this nice warm spot. The sun has been MIA for about a week, and it has been unseasonably cold and rainy, so it’s a change to spread my wings. Ahhh. That feels good.
However, you know me. I never sit still for long. Soon, my antennae noticed something different over there in the Microgarden (that’s what the human calls it). It was a whole, expanding family of Allium christophii. I remember them when they were just seeds. Can’t wait till they open.
And the Hesperis or dame’s rocket that matches their colour so well looks a little less vigorous this year. (Don’t be surprised. We Vanessa atalanta butterflies always know the Latin names of things.) Butterflies like Hesperis, but humans think it can get very invasive, especially in wild spaces.
What else is going on this Blooms Day? We’ll, I noticed the human taking pictures over by the wall where that reflecty thing is.
She was putting some new plants in that spot the other day. The purple Helleborus looks pretty good with the colours of the Japanese painted fern, Athyrium niponicum.
I think she tucked the purpley-leafed Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussy’ in that area, too, as well as the Corydalis ‘Golden Panda.’ That one has blue flowers with yellow leaves, with a little bit of burgundy to match the other foliage. Nice.
Uh oh. Gotta watch out for that green-eyed grey beast. She tried to eat me. Twice! Fortunately, I was too fast. I think the human helped a few times, too.
I had other company in the garden. The Dicentra spectabilis was getting a thorough examination from a bumble bee.
But seeing all that activity makes me feel kind of sleepy. Think I’ll catch a nap over by the lilacs again. After a short slurp of nectar, that is. Whooo. That makes my tongue curl.
For Garden Bloggers’ Blooms Day reports from other butterflies, and probably from one or two humans, too, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens. I hear she hosts that party every 15th of the month.