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Amazing! I love the Butterflies in your garden, what a blessing to have such a lovely garden close to nature. Thanks for sharing, have a great week! :)
lovely photos - I bet you couldnt pull yourself away. These kind of sights are what make gardening worthwhile. thanks for sharing
Oh! Wow!! I have never seen this many Swallowtails at once!! Fabulous photos Jan! I am thankful too!!
Hi Jan, There must be at least 9 butterflies in one photo. Amazing!!!
Oh my Goodness what a beauty. I wish i had this in my small garden.
Fabulous photos, Jan. Such beauties ... I always enjoy great butterfly shots!
Those are wonderful shots. How great to see that many butterflies in one place.FlowerLady
Jan girl how are you !These pictures are awesome : )I haven't been able to get great pictures with butterflies .. but i do have to say there have been more in the garden this year than most years .. so that is great to see !You should enlarge and print these to frame on your walls, they are gorgeous !Joy : )
Beautiful! I hope to see that many butterflies at once in my garden some day.
what beautiful photos of those beautiful 'flowers of the air'. You must have such a hospitable garden.
Jan,Wow, great shots! Butterflies in the garden are like icing on the cake! Are those plants hyssops?
Nice pictures! That's amazing how many were there on the same plant!
What pleasant visitors! They add such beauty to your garden.
They do look like blossoms! Love these pics.
The flying flowers in your garden are amazing!!!!
Wow! That's incredible! So many of them. Thanks for sharing.:))
Oh, my lands. Look at all of those butterflies. Jan they are sure loving your flowers.I never saw so many in one spot.
Oh that's a lot of butterflies - great pictures!
What a delight! :-) Is that agastache?
Jan, that is simply amazing! Wow, fabulous photos! I'd be so thrilled to see half as many butterflies at once. What's your secret?
Gosh that's a lot of butterflies. If I did not know better, I'd say they were pinned on.
Lucky You! I would have dropped everything I was doing and just sat and watched those beauties until the last one departed! I would not have gotten anything else done that day. Those are awesome pictures girl. Butterflies are not the best ones to pose for a pic but you got them in their glory here :-)
WOW so many!!!I know I have said it many times but I fell i want to tell you again - the blanket you sent to me now my oldest dotter are using it every night. And every time I look at it I think of you, thank you.You are on my mind even if I am not here so often - I really hope that one day we will meet.Lots of Love,Maria Berg, Sweden
Add my WOW to all the others! What a joy it must have been to experience those butterflies in your garden. Thanks for sharing your photos. They definitely brought a smile to my day.
That's amazing, Jan! I'm thrilled when I have one butterfly at a time in my garden; I'd probably faint from joy if I had this experience. Beautiful.
I've had a lot of butterflies in my garden this year, but certainly not this many tiger swallowtails at once--breathtaking!
Those photos of the butterflies are fabulous, so many fluttering wings on the blooms all close together.
Jan!You are so blessed to have so many of these beautiful butterflies in your garden...I get excited if I see 2 at the same time!!!I hope you are well and continue to enjoy your wonderful garden!Peace B
That is just amazing! Yes please, do tell what blooms those are! I thought I had lots of butterflies, but this is incredible.
Oops, I just read your sidebar, & saw they are Agastache Anise Hyssop. Another one for my wish list! Thanks so much for sharing these photos.
Holy tamale!! This gives "butterfly bush" a who new meaning!!! So many!!!! Great photos!
Hello Jan,What an incredible sight! I wouldn't be able to walk away...I would just stand there completely entranced!
Hi gardening friends~thank you ALL for stopping by and leaving comments! Yes, these are Agastache (Anise Hyssop) plants...and I'm not sure whether they are Agastache foeniculum (the native plant) or the 'hybrid' variety Blue Fortune. When I planted them years ago I honestly didn't take note.These photos were in August, when the plants were looking a bit leggy. I didn't cut them down the entire summer because to be honest, from mid-July until late August, even into September, sights like this were an Every-Day-ALL-Day occurrance! I should have posted about it more often but instead, would stand outside and take hundreds of photos on a regular basis! I wish I could have captured the 'true' amount of swallowtails, skippers and even a monarch that were all there at the same time! There were all different sizes and colors and the blooms were covered in a variety of bees, as well...tons of them!These are the plants in my gardens where 'most' of the butterfly action took place. They seem to really be drawn to that Anise flavor/scent. My actual Buddleia (Butterfly bushes) rarely got visitors...and I have 2 other varieties of Agastache, but the Anise Hyssop was 'THE BIG HIT' this summer!I really have enjoyed all of your comments and I WILL be around to visit your blogs. It's been hard for me to make time to do that but it will happen;-)
PS: I forgot to mention, there were usually upwards of 20-25 swallowtails sitting there, fluttering from bloom to bloom, all day long, every day! No kidding either;-)
These photos are incredible - were they taken in your garden? I've never seen so many Swallow Tails in my life... I'd just posted today funnily enough and mentioned that we've certainly had more of these in France this year and I've posted a picture of the beatiful caterpillar on my blog incase you're interested. Sorry I've not visited in ages - it's been a long busy summer and at least one of the few benefits of a bad back has meant I've been able to catch up on some like your own that I've missed.. take care Miranda
Hi Jan, Sorry it's been so long since I've visited. Your photos are amazing. I can't believe all those butterflies. I'm lucky to see one every few days or so. I love them!
Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!Jan