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Flowers of Spring #1

By handlerstudio  
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Beginning of a short series from my garden. Springtime in Philadelphia is beautiful....flowers, azaleas, Rhodes...over the next week, it will look like the city is on fire with color.


A few years ago I planted milkweed in the flower garden, hoping to attract Monarch butterflies, in particular their caterpillars, for whom their only food is the milkweed leaves and on which they deposit their chrysalises. We have had on caterpillar. I realized that we were not attracting butterflies. Last fall, I bought a couple of Butterfly Bushes, and last Saturday drove out to Ken's Gardens (Jenn--ever been there?) in Bird in Hand, east of Lancaster, and bought 30 pollinator perennial plants and my vegetables....tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers,eggplants and cakes. For everything in the ground on Sunday....and the has been rain since....and there will be more rain this week...let it come. We should have butterfly attracting flowers all summer....look out Fred and Glenn.

Peter

Tags: Close-up and macro Flowers close up Macro close-up Spring in Philadephia

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bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
5 May 2021 5:50AM
lovely set
5 May 2021 8:34AM
Beautiful set Peter,
Fred.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
5 May 2021 8:49AM
Such wonderful colour , beautifully captured Peter
Ian
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
5 May 2021 9:20AM
Beautiful flowers and images Peter.

Phil.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 May 2021 11:04AM
Delightful florals Peter... All very beautiful...
Excellent set, Isabel GrinGrinGrin
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
5 May 2021 11:17AM
As you said Peter; these are the primary diet of Monarch caterpillars, which in turn makes the butterflies that the caterpillars evolve into, distasteful to predators, which is the reason that Viceroys have evolved to look so similar to Monarchs.
There is a debate whether this evolution should be considered Batesan mimicry or more probably Mullerian mimicry.
Also, your images are beautiful.
The lead is my favorite.

Glenn
5 May 2021 1:58PM
Beautiful set of images
Zinnia is what they plant here to call in the butterflies. A beautiful bloom here. Lead my fav.
Lovely flowers Glenn.
We have had an extraordinary Spring. Not really Spring at all. My tomatoes are about four weeks behind where they should be and no sign of a pick up in the temperature yet.
6 May 2021 5:16AM
The lead is beautiful Peter .garners my award tonite..I hope you get many more butterflies than you did last Last summer. One flower I noticed that attracts the bees is monarda
or Bee balm. Not sure if butterflies like it.
Best regards
Walt
6 May 2021 11:57PM

Quote:The lead is beautiful Peter .garners my award tonite..I hope you get many more butterflies than you did last Last summer. One flower I noticed that attracts the bees is monarda
or Bee balm. Not sure if butterflies like it.
Best regards
Walt



I Planted bee balm.

7 May 2021 9:14AM
Brilliant set of such beautiful flowers. Well done on these stunning images.
Nathan

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