I try to remember to take photos not only of the butterflies but also of the flower labels at the Botanical Gardens. I know the names of all my flowers in my own garden like the back of my hand… le sigh… guess I will have to make a note to take notes… meantime, if anyone happens to know the name of this flower, I would be grateful. This butterfly was missing a tip of one of its wings but it’s still just as beautiful to me.
As a side note, this is my 667th post. I wanted to post something tonight as I had just noted that my last post was the 666th and I was a little creeped out by that… but I digress. So yeah, welcome to lucky post number 667! And Monday, that’s coming too… just sayin’.
Woke up to a thermometer sitting at zero this morning after a few days where we hit upper 30sC with the Humidex. Typical Montréal! As we say – “if you don’t like the weather, stick around for five minutes”. It’s the long Victoria Day weekend - or, as it is referred to here in la Belle Province, “Journée des Patriotes”. I am not so much concerned about patriotes as I am about my patio pots and these little lovelies, along with the fab Felicia, are another favourite choice for blooms all through the summer – Osteospermum – such an unpretty name for someone with irresistible blue eyes like those – I much prefer Cape Marguerite. Don’t you?
“I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.” (Mary Oliver ~ Owls and Other Fantasies).
This weekend is the last for the annual Papillons en Liberté exhibit at our Botanical Gardens and I hope to get a chance to visit. I usually get there much earlier than this (I had a hard time finding a charger for my camera’s battery) so I am afraid there will not be too many different species of butterflies and the greater number of them will be Paper Kites (a.k.a. Rice Paper) like the one in the last photo in this trio. I don’t really mind… it’s not just about the photos but also very much about the experience and being that close to such beautiful and fragile little creatures. Cannot help but wonder what they think of us - probably not as excited to see us as we are them!
The beautiful weirdo in my garden… sure looks pretty… smell pretty you ask? Not so much!! Astrantia is also known as Masterwort – yeah, sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter doesn’t it? Well, according to Wikipedia / Astrantia, the stems, rhizomes and dried leaves CAN be used for medicinal purposes but, if it tastes anything like it smells, I will pass thank you!
More coneflowers from the garden - aside from the fact that they are lovely to look at In all their many varieties is the fact that I never know what result I will get with the sun shining through the fence - the light patterns are always interesting. I have two different types of fences in the back yard… one is the typical frost type fence and the other is your standard six footer (what can I say, some neighbours are more tolerable than others) so yes, the light pattern and effect is sometimes as lovely as the flowers themselves! Just sayin’.
A pretty Golden Birdwing which just kept fluttering and fluttering and I just kept trying and trying… more Spring showers today (and until Friday if you don’t mind) but it’s May already so how about some of those promised Spring flowers? Hope everyone has a superior week… at both work and play… xo
A "before and after" of my papaver paeoniflorum “Salmon Pink”. Frost warnings tonight which is not unusual at this time of year so I had to go out and cover up some early arriving perennials - including a whole bunch of poppies, a small patch of dicentra formosa and my “Rozanne” geraniums… frost, I tell ya, frost. Why I oughta…
This weekend I will prepare my patio pots and fill them with a variety of annuals for that instant pop of colour to appease me until all my perennials start bringing their own colours later in the summer. Top of my list every year is this little lovely, Felicia amelloides, which is a soft shade of blue but, more often than not, photographs kinda purple-ish and well, sometimes it just glows … much as I do in the summer heat. And speaking of heat.. it was a crazy 34C with the Humidex today… in May, I tell ya, May!!
How FAR would you GO?? Ohhh, you like what I did there? Okay, never mind then… would the owner of California plate KHA 170 please report to the garden centre so we can prune your front grill… talk about driving “green”. The title of this submission (Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal) from the California Polytechnic State Univeristy in San Luis Obispo was: Farmers: The People Who Feed the World.
A monarch (danaus plexippus and a tiger longwing (heliconius hecale)… finally made it to see the Papillons en liberté exhibition at the Montréal Botanical Gardens - I think everyone else had the same idea. Must have been the weather -it was so beautiful - we all wanted to be indoors - in a greenhouse - an exceedingly hot one at that. It was body to body in there and every man and butterfly for himself. A very unpleasant experience. A surprisingly decent variety of butterflies but no room to move and a a sea of selfie sticks and iPhones in every second shot. I stuck around for a bit but I did not have the patience. These were from last year and since it was wall to wall people this year, I took a lot less photos. Less for me to edit I guess… silver lining in every cloud hmmm and I am off to do just that.
More from the beautiful Mosaïcultures Internationales which I hope comes back to Montréal again soon… in the meantime, I wish I had a job that found me knee deep in rudbeckia all day, every day – what a dream.
… and we could all use a little more kindness in this world, eh? No one was kinder than my mom and all the current ads, discussions on the radio, promotional contests, etc. are all about Mothers’ Day which is on the 14th. It’s really hitting home that it is going to be my first one without her and it doesn’t matter how old one is… you always need your mom. It’s only been a little over 9 months and it still feels like yesterday to me. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her and realize how lucky I was to have her in my life … I miss her to bits.
2017 Papillons en Liberté - Cattleheart (Parides arcas) by Sharon Via Flickr: Climb every mountain… could not get closer to this wee winged cutie and the focus was not as spot on as I would have liked due to the constant jostling by people trying to position themselves and as it was I was stepping where I should not have been stepping… still, I kinda like the rosy spots on those delicate wings and how they coordinates with its thorax. Pink really is the new black… kinda looks a bit like this little fella has it’s own personal aurora borealis going on back there!!
Every year I say I am going to Ottawa for the tulip festival and every year I fail so it’s still on the old bucket list … meantime, there are plenty of tiny, personal tulip festivals going on around Montreal right now… these are not two of them. My all time favourite tulip photo is the first one and I think you just might know why. If not, here’s a wee hint then ‘kay… ❤️!!
When someone asks me to recommend an easy perennial for their garden – as in one that will flower throughout the summer – I never hesitate to recommend that perennial fave - rudbeckia - commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan - they never disappoint when they bloom in July and take you through to October with their sunny yellow presence. I also have a biennial variety - rudbeckia triloba - which presents with tinier flowers on multiple-branched stems… little Q-Ties indeed and since they were not around last year, I fully expect them to show up soon!