Is that not a great name for a butterfly, Great Spangled Fritillary? It sounds like something patriotic, so I had to get its photo. I had to Google “orange butterfly” to find out what this one was called. You can tell I never saw one in nature before, at least that I remember anyway. I was driving by this barn so beautifully landscaped and I can now add this butterfly to my butterfly photos with a name besides orange butterfly.
You want to know how I happened on it?
Driving by this beautiful property, I did something I never did before.
I passed this barn on a few occasions and it is so wonderfully landscaped I had to ask if I could see more. And boy was there more to see.
Who plants so many flowers around a barn? The woman was so nice to allow my friend and I to walk around her property.
I could have visited for hours, but as a stranger dropping in on a homeowner, I was rather quick about taking a look and leaving.
This butterfly caught my eye on the way out though. It was nectaring on Verbena bonariensis in the garden above. It is a Zone 7 plant but may come back depending on our upcoming winter and it is a great butterfly plant. I added to my garden, so we will see if I have any luck next year.
This garden is planted behind the barn. The images further above are at the front and side of the barn. Have you ever seen a barn so beautifully landscaped?
Did you ever do something so out of character and bold? Pretty flowers are a strong magnet. I am so glad I got to see this lovely garden and pretty orange butterfly.
Over on GWGT I have another great garden. Do you like miniature trains? This has to be the best train garden I ever saw!