I must keep this post short because it's quite late as I write this, but I couldn't miss sharing all this lovely yellow!
Recent days have seen the arrival of wild sunflowers on the west side of the property. I wasn't sure how they were faring in all the rain we've been having, but when I tramped down the driveway to check on them, there were still some blooms available to cut. The individual flowers aren't very big (as sunflowers go), but they are a wonderful bright touch on a gray day. I photographed them on our tiny front porch, looking over toward the neighbors' pond.
Some days ago I had the privilege of attending a butterfly exhibit at our local botanical garden, Powell Gardens. They had raised a selection of species from the tropical Americas: butterflies about twice as large as any that inhabit my more northerly gardens, ranging from brilliant blues and reds to subtle, leaf-mimicking patterns that flare suddenly to large eyes flashing in the shade like a peacock's tail.
First, a link to the earlier version of this blog at www.SmallSunnyGarden.blogspot.com, where the first two years of the original garden can be viewed.