Lantana

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I love how Lantana shows three different colors at once as its compound flower opens in stages.

Garden, July 8

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Our July garden is thriving. I didn’t know it was possible to yield thirty or more echinacea blooms from a single plant, but it is happening this year. My pink rose mallow hibiscus has hundreds of buds on it that will burst into color by month’s end.

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Bee Balm is in Bloom

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There were a few bumble bees feasting on the hundreds of these flowers I saw today at a local wildflower prairie, but they retreated when I approached. Usually bumble bees are good photo models. Maybe they were overcome by the bad hair blooms of bee balm.

Welcome Diplodenia

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I also added a ready-planted pot with pink diplodenia yesterday. I really like the exuberance of this one. I wonder if it can overwinter inside next to a sunny window.

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Spotted: Red Admiral Butterfly

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On Sunday, a butterfly lingered on a white echinacea bloom I was photographing. This flower must have been particularly delightful to the insect kind, for it is the same flower that attracted the green sweat bee I posted over the weekend.

I’m not well versed at all in insect identification, so I had to look this one up online. It is a Red Admiral butterfly. Its scientific or binomial name is Vanessa atalanta, which also sounds like a dynamite stage name.

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