Among the bees and many other insects enjoying Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower) today were many beautiful Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). I think these are female but am not sure.
Swamp Sunflower is a native plant but spreads too easily and is difficult to control. I did manage to dig up one new section of this plant that had begun to grow. It is hard to deal ruthlessly with this or any plant that is blooming with such sunshine and cheer.
It was nice to have such interesting company in the garden today as I continued digging out errant mounds of common daylilies. I keep hoping I am not also mistakenly taking out irises that I thought were growing in this area as well.
I am trying to clear out enough room to plant some new evergreen trees, additions that should provide much needed verticality and year-round structure to the northern border.
The trees, Juniperus scopulorum ‘Wichita Blue’ (Juniper), were purchased on a whim more than a few weeks ago.
I know well that I should never buy anything without having a place already prepared where I can plant them right away. Being such an undisciplined gardener it is a lesson I learn and apparently ignore over and over.
I love your Helianthus angustifolius, I wouldn’t mind it growing here, even if it is a thug. Brilliant images of the butterfies – stunning colours, Christina
Helianthus angustifolius is indeed a bright spot in the garden right now. I have not seem many monarchs this year so was happy to find them on the Helianthus angustifolius today. Perhaps that is reason enough to keep a little bit of this “thug”! Susie
What beautiful butterflies your monarchs are and your sunflower is certainly a hit with all the insects too, a lovely splash of sunshine in your garden no matter what the weather is doing!
Thanks Pauline! I don’t have a lot of yellow flowers but these do make me want more.
Lovely photos of the monarchs! They are such stunning butterflies. I was a little worried as we had about 2 or 3 weeks with hardly any butterflies at all, but now they are back on the sedum. (Mostly just European peacocks)
Wonder where your butterflies were hiding! Glad they are back. I haven’t seen many this year until recently. Have a good day.