Sunshine replaced the cloudy skies we've seemed to have for days on end. Butterflies began flitting around the new fall blooms and I have once again found my garden to be my favorite place to spend time.
This spring was the first time I've seen a White Peacock butterfly in my garden. They were not seen all summer but now, with the cooler weather, they're back again.
Candlestick Cassia is putting up it's namesake blooms. Several are planted around the Path but this one is the first to bloom. The Sulphur butterflies use these and the Bicapsularis as host plants. I love seeing the yellow butterflies, but I love seeing the yellow Cassia blooms too. Both of these Cassias stay pretty well chewed up, so seeing these 'candlesticks' was a real treat for me.
The Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant is really loving the cooler weather. It is full of blooms. This is a favorite of my little hummingbird but I haven't seen her around lately.
Aren't these velvety spires beautiful? The Mexican Sage is really putting on a show even though I have it in a spot that only gets afternoon sun. I was concerned that being in shade for half the day might keep it from blooming. But, it seems quite happy.
These cooler days are a welcome change for this gardener. I'm going to be enjoying every minute I can outside in the garden.