Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mosaic Monday #3 Butterfly Happy Dance

My happy dance starts here in the butterfly garden and buddleia is the star attraction. It's commonly known as butterfly bush and has a heavenly honey-like scent.
Finally in mid-August on a sunny day with no wind or rain they came! Monarchs, a male seen in the centre and a female. They lingered for quite a while drinking the sweet nectar from the butterfly bush flowers.
Other butterflies that have visited this plant too are the cabbage white and a viceroy, copycat in colour to the monarch.
I was beginning to think the butterflies had forgotten about our garden but I'm sure the cool, rainy and windy summer weather has something to do with it.
Have the butterflies been gracing your garden?

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47 comments:

  1. I'm so glad the butterflies found your way to you, Judith. They were bound to once they heard that you loved them. Your photos are so sharp and show off their colours beautifully. I must plant a butterfly bush next year!

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday.

    -Karen

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  2. Lucky to have the Monarchs in your garden ... haven't seen any yet, but I'm not giving up hope.

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  3. So glad the butterflies finally arrived. We've been enjoying them fluttering around our buddleia, too, along with the hummingbirds. Such a pretty sight in summer.

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  4. So Pretty - great shots!
    Thanks for hosting.

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  5. Hi Judith,

    You've captured some lovely images of butterflies; one of my favorite things to photograph. :) I need to add Butterfly Bush to my wish list of shrubs to plant in our yard in the coming year.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures and for hosting Mosaic Monday!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  6. I've noticed so many butterflies this summer - more than some years. The Buddleia smells beautiful right now - like honey.

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  7. BEEEEE...beautiful, Judith...the butterfly and the bush!...:)JP

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  8. More butterflies this year than last,but we used to have many more....the buddleias always attract them. I've read that in North China and Korea the flowers are infused and drunk as tea to heal eye problems. Lovely photos!

    Happy Monday!
    Ruby

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  9. Beautiful photos of the butterflies, especially the monarch, and your pretty flowers. I thought I saw a Monarch in our yard last week and went to get my camera but it was gone. ;( They are so rare now. Thank you for hosting Judith...have a wonderful week.

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  10. No monarchs here thus far, sadly...happy to see yours! Beautiful :)

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  11. Hello Judith! Happy Sunday to you! It was so nice to see Monarch butterflies visiting your beautiful buddleia plant.

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  12. I haven't seen monarchs here but your photo is just beautiful. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

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  13. Hello Judith, you butterflies are beautiful. And I love the butterfly bushes.. We have some growing here too, the hummingbirds like them too. Lovely images and mosaics. Thanks for hosting, have a happy new week!

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  14. Lovely photos as always. And how interesting that your Butterfly bush is blooming. . .mine bloomed way back in the spring. I've yet to see many butterflies swarming to mine but I love the blooms all the same!

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  15. You took such beautiful photos and reminded me that I've taken a few of the butterfly bushes here at the condo! I love the shades of lavender! Thanks for the Mosaic Monday fun my friend! Hugs, Diane

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  16. Beautiful shots! The butterflies are gorgeous! I actually saw a dragonfly the other day but didn't have the camera! I just linked. I am off to visit.
    Thanks for sharing your beautys.
    And thanks for the linky.

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  17. How beautiful! Your photos are fabulous!I just planted a buddleia this summer. I have had monarchs, swallowtails, admirals and viceroys.

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  18. Beautiful shots, Judith. Loved seeing the butterflies on your butterfly bush! (I liked it even better in person.) :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. Hi again. Thanks for coming by. I always smile when I come here. Your blog is so pretty. Have a good week.

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  20. Butterflies on purple flowers-heaven on earth! Thank you for hosting the link-up, have a wonderful week.

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  21. Striking images! You must be so thrilled to see them this year. No, I have seen no large beautiful butterflies this year. We have some small white ones...they hold their wings like butterflies anyway and not like moths.

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  22. Judith, you are so lucky to have both male and female monarchs. Do you have milkweed for her to lay their eggs? I saw a female monarch in our garden this week but did not see a male. I hope one will come. Thank you for taking over Mosaic Monday. It's such a beautiful way to show photos. Christa

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  23. Oh glorious photos - I love the scent of the Butterfly Bush.

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  24. Hi,Judith
    I have been quiet for a long time! I am glad to visit you today.
    I was so surprised to see your post!
    So new and beautiful!!I think I will have to learn how to mosaic with my photos!

    I am finally coming back!

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  25. Beautiful Buddleia - I had it in my old large garden and I must plant one here too!
    It's not only beautiful plants and shrubs that make up a garden but the visitors from the insect and bird families who arrive looking for nectar and berries!
    Magical butterfly shots Judith.
    I'm thinking in 6 months time - February 2015 I hope I can do a similar post!

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  26. Gorgeous shots in your so lovely garden!! Beautiful views, indeed and I'm thinking that somehow I'll have the chance to see butterflies till the very end of summer!
    Thanks for hosting and have a sunny summer week!

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  27. Very pretty blooms and the butterflies are an added bonus.
    Cher

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  28. Hi Judith, your butterfly bush is beautiful, made more beautiful by the spectacular, happy visitors. You macro shots are stunning. Beautiful details.

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  29. Beautiful pictures of the butterflies, I am always looking a bit envious to the different butterflies they have in other parts of the world. We have them too, but yours are much nicer.

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  30. Judith we continue to have onesies...right now it is swallowtails but I did finally have a female monarch after only males...it has been too wet here I think with violent storms but we are to have a short stretch of dry weather so maybe more will come out especially as the native helianthus are blooming and they love that flower.

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  31. Lovely, lovely photographs, Judith. The butterflies are so happy in your garden!

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  32. Judith your photo mosaics are stunning, the colours so vibrant and the butterflies simply beautiful
    Thank you for hosting MM and for visiting Normandy!

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  33. Hello Judith,
    Your mosaics are simply gorgeous! So lovely, each one. I believe the butterflies feel right at home in your garden. I have linked up because I have a mosaic in my post but if it's not what you are looking for then by all means delete the link. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  34. You captured such amazing images. I didn't have luck growing the butterfly bush, I think I will try again next year.

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  35. Lovely photos and mosaics! We've had a few butterflies visit our flowers, but I sure don't know what kind they are.

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  36. I have a buddleia on the list of shrubs I would like to acquire for our garden, they are so beautiful aren't they. xx

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  37. Love the purples!! So nice to have Monarchs in the garden. MB

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  38. Hi Judith, you have the lovely monarchs around you. How lucky. In the West we don't. I always try to find them when I'm out East. Monarchs and cardinals. However, here in the UK we have peacock butterflies, which are unbelievably beautiful. When R and I were building the carport, I found peacock butterfly wings between the wood planks we were using. I collected them all! :D

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  39. Hello Judith! Thx for hosting Mosaic Monday! So nice to drop by for a visit :)
    shawn

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  40. Funny you mention that very thing: last year we were inundated with soooo many butterflies, and my butterfly bush was HUGE.

    We cut it way back at the end of the summer, but we must've cut it too way back because our horrible cold and icy winter killed it. (Killed many things but that tree was huge!)

    So we haven't had any butterflies. I have seen two and one cabbage - that's IT. Now I have more flowers than I have ever had, not the bbbush, though, but lots of others. We have bees and lots of hummers.....so where are the butterflies?

    Your pics are extraordinary.

    Sorry I can't participate. Been with my sister nursing her every day since her surgery, will be for all this week, and can't blog or do much but help out there.

    Hugs.

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  41. beautiful pictures Judith! Your butterfly bush is gorgeous, and just your color!

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  42. Beautiful butterfly and bush. I am late to the party. Ever since I lost all my contacts when I deleted cookies, I'm trying to catch up. I think it's going to be a while before I get back into the groove! Thanks for the party. :-)

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  43. I think the butterflies were doing the Happy Dance because they sensed how incredible your pictures of them were going to be! :)

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  44. What a treat to have the butterflies enjoying your bush. Wonderful photos.

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  45. This is the story of my life, it not being owned by me ;) I promise to keep trying to stay on task, but so many things happening, and Dr appointments, etc, cannot keep up with me hardly at all ;) The butterflies and Butterfly Bushes are glorious and I have to think about where I could plant some so that I can enjoy them as well. Have a wonderful rest of the week my friend~

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  46. beautiful.. I love purple.. I did have a mosaic this week but have waited to long to hook up through the linky.. sorry.. I hope you have a wonderful day..
    Patsy

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  47. Hi Judith! Your butterfly pictures are gorgeous! I actually haven't seen any butterflies all summer--I'm not sure where they are hiding. I don't really have anything in my garden that would attract them though. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog this week--sorry it has taken me so long to stop by, a bit of summer happening :). Have a great weekend!

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