As soon as I noticed the ginger lily in bloom yesterday I began photographing it until a soft breeze sent the lemony sweet fragrance my way. It was a reminder to pause and appreciate.
I gathered dahlias yesterday and finally decided it was time to cut some zinnias too, the latest zinnia harvest I’ve known.
There have been Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in the garden all week, enough that I finally didn’t feel the urge to take more pictures. The first Painted Lady butterfly I have seen this year appeared on lantana late afternoon.
The number of Fiery and Ocola skippers has declined dramatically over the past two weeks, but I don’t often see Zabulon Skippers, at least that I can identify, but this is one, a female. I encountered it accidentally, thinking it was a Silver-Spotted on I had been following.
Nothing smells better than gingers. Mine have started their autumn blooms.
It is a lovely scent. Enjoy yours too.
The ginger lily is beautiful, Susie. I wish I could get a whiff! My zinnias are also late this year, although that’s entirely my doing given that that I was late in planting all my summer bloomers. As always, I love your butterfly shots.
Last year the ginger lily didn’t bloom at all as I remember so it’s especially nice to see it. I had to replant zinnias after the “rabbit” episodes.
Your zinnias are wonderful… looks like summer is making way for autumn with those colours. 😃
Thanks Cathy. Autumn is sneaking in.
Great butterfly shots – and it’s fun to see the gathering stage of IAVOM. 😉
I’ve enjoyed following the butterflies through the garden. Yes, IAVOM flowers at gathering stage prove they don’t need me to do more.
Is ginger lily more like ginger, or more like canna? I know it grows down south, but I seriously do not remember it. Those that I remember looked like more familiar gingers.
Thinner leaves than canna. Ginger lily reminds me of corn stalks. I’ve see the short wild ginger (more of a ground cover) growing and it’s not at all like that.
The wild ginger that grows here is not related to the other gingers. I looked up ginger lily, and found that it is more like the other gingers than cannas, but with fewer and bigger individual florets. It got my attention because it is white. There were quite a few gingers in Southern California, but some are tropical, so would not perform as well here. The hardier sorts are very fragrant, but not quite as colorful.