Butterfly Garden Dreamland: A Photo Journal

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?

— Zhuangzi

How do I even begin? What can I say that has not already been said about such glorious wonders of nature?

Elegant, fragile bits of the rainbow that flit from blossom to blossom dawdling only briefly till they are called away to some enchanting new beauty.

Please walk with me into my friend's butterfly dreamland----one I have been fortunate enough to visit frequently in recent weeks.

Ms. Butterfly paused for a photo just for me spreading her beauteous wingage....

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Just living is not enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

— Hans Christian Andersen

Nature's Best....

Nature and all things of nature awaken within me a joy that is unparalleled except for the love for my family and friends.

The kiss of the morning breeze begins my day even when it is dripping with moisture which has been the case most of this summer.

It has been my good fortune to have met a most remarkable lady who has become a new friend. Her home is situated on a lake and she has even invited more of it closer in to her property's edge...a kind of a lake within a lake...a minilake??

The scene when viewed from her back deck is calming and replinishes the soul...

The front of her property is what holds my attention to the greatest extent.

There she has created a butterfly garden that rivals some I have viewed in botanical gardens.

Visiting her home over about an eight week period it has been delightful to see the plants grow and flourish. Of course as that has happened, butterflies have gotten the message and have flocked to the area.

Gazing Down the Length of the Garden....Can You Hear the Whispers of the Spanish Moss? Stand very Still and You May Feel the Gentle Brush of a Butterfly's Wings

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"Ok, I Will Stay a Bit Longer ...." she seems to say

Happy Little Butterfly Greeting the Day

A New Beauty Popped By...

A Little Peek at my Friend's Butterfly Garden

Surely She is Posing...

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A Butterfly Garden is a Wonderful Addition to a Yard

Her garden is probably about 40 feet in length and about 8 feet deep.

She has chosen many plants that are customarily thought of as plants that attract not only butterflies but also bumblebees and hummingbirds.

When they are in bloom, which has been most of the last two months, and they are still going strong, the landscape is alight with the colors of those mostly tiny blossoms and the guests who are attracted to them as if by some invisible magnet.

Enjoy Watching these 'butterflies' on this snibett from Fantasia 2000

Being Invited In to Their World

This magnificent collection of vibrant flowers offers respite for travelers who happen by to visit each blossom as we onlookers have our own private little glimpse of nature at her best.

It is not possible to pass through that portion of her yard without pausing to be entertained by the wonders that quietly go about their business of living.

How delightful it is when a colorfully arrayed butterfly swooshes over and lands on a cheek or arm!!!

It is as if I am invited for a moment, only the briefest moment, into her world. and then, just that fast, her diaphanous wings carry her off to yet another destination.

But these are flowers that fly and all ut sing....

— Robert Frost

Some of the Plants You May Wish to Choose if You are Considering a Butterfly Garden

According to Peterson First Guides for Butterfly and Moths....

Common nectar plants are:

  • buddleia
  • marigold
  • zinnia
  • lilac
  • lantana
  • butterfly milkweed
  • asters
  • mints

Additionally plants already mentioned attract butterflies in profusion as well.

Plants that Entice Butterflies

There are particular plants that are known to attract such wonders to our gardens. A few that my friend has in her garden are:

salvia, buddleia, fluttterby petite, petchoa, sentimental blue balloon, and blanket flower.

In my yard I have lantana growing profusely so I have a mini-butterfly zone... The lantana is growing about 7 feet tall and about six feet wide in one area and in another area there is a small bush only about 3 feet high and a foot wide..but butterflies flock to both areas, seemingly thankful for these spots to tarry in for a bit.

Plants Snuggled Up Together, Inviting to Would Be Travelers

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Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.

— RH Heinlein

Fluttering Here and There...

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So Many Places to Visit for Bees and Butterflies

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These are a Favorite Spot for a Gathering of Winged Creatures

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Angel Trumpets were Magnificent

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Breathtaking Beauty

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Being Patient Allows Just the Right Photo to be Snapped

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Scattered Throughout Her Garden Vivid Splashes of Color Paint the Landscape

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Two by Two is Not an Uncommon Sight...

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Intoxicated by the Abundance of Blooms....

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Precariously Perched, Teasing Me....

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This was an Unbelievable Moment...She Paused and I was Present!!!

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And Again....

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Vibrant Colors and Tiny Blossoms are a Real Invitation

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A New Explosion of Beauty Each Day

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Meander Around to Lake-side and This is Only a Bit of What Greets You....

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Perhaps a Butterfly Garden is in Your Future

Maybe next spring you may wish to consider beginning your own garden filled with plants that will attract butterflies.

You do not have to try to do it all at once. Right now, all I have is lantana and one buddleia plant. My plan for next year is add more and hopefully to increase the abundance of bumblebees and butterflies.

We are doing a service for our planet by attracting these lovelies to our planet as they are becoming endangered. Helping our planet while being so enchanted is quite a lovely experience.

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pstraubie48 9 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you. Aesta...it was such a lively experi nce...new additions to the garden are coming this year...please watch for them. Angels are on the way.ps


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aesta1 9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Enjoyed the pictures very much. They lifted my spirit up.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Peg, for stopping by and for your kind words. It was such a delight to photograph these beauties and to have them dance around me on a daily basis. A few weeks ago the numbers of them began to diminish as it is the time of the year when that happens.

I have been away for two weeks so am not sure what is up with them; I hope there are still a few about.

Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps


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PegCole17 14 months ago from Dallas, Texas

These are awesome photos of this magnificent creature. I love the quotes you've used as well. What a joy to visit such a beautiful garden.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O hope you have better success with the butterfly attracting in the future...I am so blessed to still have an abundance of them this late. Sometimes about the first of August they no longer appear but they are still around and about....

Hoping all is good with you.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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bravewarrior 15 months ago from Central Florida

I enjoyed looking at the familiar landscape, as I live in Florida as well. Daily I'm treated to zebra butterflies and Monarchs. They're so beautiful and graceful! They love my bougainvillea, star jasmine and society garlic. I'm surprised to see them at the jasmine because it went out of bloom months ago. Butterflies also like aloe plants when they bloom. I used to have a row of them, but they died when I moved them to a less sunny spot. Now I know not to do that in the future.

I loved this post, Patricia. It was a lovely walk through familiar territory.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Shelia Yes, she does. I feel so very fortunate that I can get lost in the beauty often.

I am so enjoying the lovely flowers, many tiny dainty ones, and the lovelies that come to enjoy them. hoping all is good with you

Angels are on the way today ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O I hope so, Deb. They are phenomenal....last evening when I was there, the lovelies were there to greet me once again..

Hoping all is well with you.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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sgbrown 15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

What wonderful pictures! You friend does have a beautiful garden. I love watching the butterflies as they visit my flowers. They are such beauty to behold.


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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

As we try to eradicate the mess that Dow, Syngenta, Monsanto, and all the other pesticides have wreaked, perhaps the butterflies will return in greater numbers. I have not seen so few of them until this year. August used to be the best month for flying flowers. I'm hoping that there will be an increase next year.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Isn't that lovely, Rtalloni? They come and feel welcome....what a lovely gift to have in our lives...the wonders of nature....

Hoping all is good with you this evening Angels are headed your way ps


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

It all sounds wonderful. We are all well, thank you for asking, and looking forward to a family celebration at the weekend.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Ann...it is so beautiful. I can't get enough of the beauty each time I am there. The plants are still hardy and healthy so the bees and butterflies and an occasional hummingbird happen by often.

Hoping all is well with you and yours. Angels are on the way this evening from Florida. ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Genna. It is such a lovely spot...I am anxious to get out of my car each time I arrive at my friend's home so I can check on the beautiful creatures in and among the flowers.

Hoping all is good with you...Angels are headed your way ps


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RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your photo journal with us. Though my garden areas need work, butterflies and hummingbirds have been kind enough to visit again this year.


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annart 15 months ago from SW England

Wondrous flowers and shrubs and resplendent butterflies! What great photos here and I love your choice of quotes to go with it all.

This is such a beautiful hub.

I've had buddleia and lilac trees, both of which have attracted the butterflies. We have nettles at the bottom of the garden and they love those too.

Ann


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting, Frank. I am so lucky to get to see them so often. They are still quite prevalent even now. And yes it is Frank.

I hope to have many more next summer right here in my yard.

Hoping all is well with you....sending Angels your way this morning ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Sweet Faith...Of course you would..and the fun would be to enjoy it together. It is so humbling to be up close and personal with such beautiful fragile looking little creatures.

Angels are on the way to you this morning bringing blessings and hugs....hoping all is well with you and your family... ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Aufait....this has been an amazing experience. The butterflies still greet me each time I go to visit. They are still plentiful and I am still seeing new ones each time I visit.

Hoping all is well with you and yours.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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Genna East 15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

What stunning photos! I felt as though I was there with you, amidst the beautiful flowers and butterflies. Thank you. :-)


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a beautiful all round hub ps. The photos and videos are simply wonderful. We have a number of butterfly attracting plants but nothing like your friend's garden. The angel's trumpets are beautiful but deadly flowers. Lantana is considered a noxious weed/pest In Queensland where I live because it is out of control in certain areas and just takes over an entire landscape eventually. I have never seen the type of butterfly in your photos..striking. Thank you so much for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 15 months ago from Germany

It seems that butterflies love Sapphire Shower plants. I have those plants in my tropical garden besides Zinnias and the butterflies come everyday there. I miss that view everyday in my garden as I´m still here in my adopted country Germany.


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Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

what a wonderful hub.. love the photos.. it just pleases the mind.. is that a butterfly in the very first photo.. it looks huge... bless you


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Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

Oh, how beautifully delightful, PS! I am not sure how I missed this beauty of a hub here, but so glad I found it this evening. I have been wanting to have a butterfly garden in my yard, especially for my grandchildren to enjoy, although I know I would enjoy it just as much.

Your photos are spectacular. I am glad you provided a list of the plants that attract butterflies.

Blessings, love and many Angels coming your way


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas

Beautiful photos! I've pinned this to my 'Purple 5' board. Hope all is well with you, and with your family, and that your week is progressing nicely. Always wishing you the very best and hoping that angels are always watching over you and close at hand . . .


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O yes, Tillontitan, there are so many more lovelies that attract these creatures to our yards. Googling to find a complete list will be a good way for others to add to this brief list I have provided. The ones I mentioned are not a fraction of what my friend has in her garden.

Wishing you a lovely day today and thanking your for visiting ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy So glad you were able to stop by and visit the garden...it makes me smile every time I am there.

I am coming to Texas in October but am not sure if I will get to Houston. I will be in Austin with my sister. Can't wait...she has wanted me to come for so long. Stopping in Baton Rouge to visit my niece and then heading out the next day.

Hoping all is good with you today....Angels and hugs and blessings are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Rachel...sometimes they do not show up right away but I appreciate you coming back... Hoping all is good with you....know that many Angels are headed your way today ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O thank you, KoffeeKlatchGals....I was so fortunate to have such an amazing garden and such cooperative butterflies to photograph. What a joy it still is.

Angels are on the way to you once again this morning ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So happy to see you stopping by the little butterfly dreamland, Rachel. I am so blessed to be able to get lost in this paradise several times a week, usually.

Sending you Angels and blessings this morning ps


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Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, I know I left a response on this hub, but I don't see it. Anyhow, I do love the pictures and I love butterflies. I saw a Monarch butterfly here the other day. I love the one you have that pale yellow with black lined around the edges. So pretty. Hope your day goes well.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Ruby Jean for your kind words. I was so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time...Mother Nature did the rest for me. I was using my Droid phone which gives me crystal clear photos...

I mentioned to someone else I will be traveling to visit the garden and the grounds this afternoon....It is such a lovely place to visit...

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you drbj for stopping by....they are still going strong...I will be going over today to give them another peek.

Hopefully all is good with you. Angels are headed your way once again today. ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi drbj thank you for stopping by...It is so much fun to walk up to her place and visit the critters busily hopping from one plant to the next.

I know, the Fantasia snibett really does 'fit' with this piece and besides even if it did not, I love that video so much I might have put it here any way :D

Angels are headed your way ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O I know, bill...we collected cocoons and watched them grow and metamorph and then had a ceremony in which we released them. It is so much fun.

Share yours when you make one please.

Thank you for visiting...hoping all is good in your little corner of the planet.

Blesssings and Angels are headed your way ps


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tillsontitan 15 months ago from New York

I've planted many flowers that attract butterflies. Butterfly weed is another you can add to your list. I love watching the flight of these beautifully, graceful creatures. Who doesn't delight in a butterfly?

The Angel Trumpets are gorgeous! Your pictures are lovely and this hub was a nice treat this morning.


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Peggy W 15 months ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some of nature's beauty. Glad that you have a friend with such a lovely spot which you can enjoy. Enjoyed seeing your photos and you must have had fun capturing them as well as filming your video. We have the same butterflies over here in Houston. I also enjoy seeing them fluttering about in our garden.

Hope that this was a good day for you and your loved ones. Sending prayers and blessings your way.


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MsDora 15 months ago from The Caribbean

What beautiful pictures! I like your presentation and Zhuangzi's question in the quote is delightful. Thank you.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 15 months ago from Sunny Florida

Absolutely beautiful pictures. It is the prettiest butterfly garden areas I have seen. The picture of the Angel Trumpets are lovely.


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Rachel L Alba 15 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, Again, I really enjoyed your hub; this time with butterflies, which I absolutely love. I have seen Monarch butterflies in my yard but not that really beautiful pale yellow and black on you have a picture of. Thanks for the pictures and work on this hub.

As usual, many blessings to you.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is breathtaking beautiful. I have a butterfly bush in my back yard. The butterflies and hummingbirds flock to it. The hummingbird feeder is close. I love to watch them as they go back and forth between the two. Lucky you to have a friend who enjoys beauty. You should win a Hub award for your beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing...

Blessings...


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Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

All around beautiful, Patricia. Lovely photos. I love butterflies and have 2 4 golden marigolds in my container patio garden.


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drbj 15 months ago from south Florida

Your lovely photos, Patricia, reminded me again of the beauty and grace of butterflies. And the 'Fantasia' snipped was the crowning touch. Thank you, m'dear, for this magnificent treat.


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billybuc 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

We made one for the kids at a school I was teaching at....that one was cool but the one you show here is spectacular. Great pics...now I want one at our place.

blessings and hugs heading your way

bill


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O good for you Nicey Doc...you will be thrilled with the beautiful plants and the visitors who come to visit the blossoms.

Thank you for stopping to visit.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Jackie Thanks for visiting. I am not a butterfly expert so refrained from naming the beauties herein and this after all was really a symphony for our eyes and not intended as a lesson in all there is to know about them. Hopefully it will spur on more interest in the topic.

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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Niecey Doc 15 months ago from Firth, Nebraska

It's beautiful! I started one this year. It should be colorful by next year but so far it's thriving and makes me very happy. Butterflies have found it already and I'm hoping for hummingbirds eventually.


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Jackie Lynnley 15 months ago from The Beautiful South

What beautiful flowers and butterflies! The butterflies are unlike ones I have seen other than the Monarch. Thanks so much for sharing your beauty and joy! God bless you.

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