Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bring on the Butterflies for Bloom Day!

Butterfly Weed
It is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day again! On the 15th of each month, we gardeners with blogs share a few bloom photos from our gardens. Here is the Mid-Atlantic USA (USDA zone 7) on the DC-MD border, we had lots of rain this spring - interrupted by two long bouts of dry, heat that stressed out my garden. We got a bit of rain today after the latest week of desert-like winds, so I'm feeling some relief.

Yesterday, I found this Butterfly Weed (pictured above) finally blooming in the hell-strip pollinator garden I planted last year. The area needs a bit of attention and TLC, but this IS a weed so it fought its way through and I hope will soon be munched on by some Monarch caterpillars.

This Gladiola (pictured below) is an odd one. I think I planted it from a purple mix I bought, but cannot recall for sure. Can anyone ID it? It looks very different in low-light and much more purple in person. This photo was the best direct lighting I could give it to show the striping in the throat.

Gladiola - name?

What is blooming in your garden today?


Vicki Green said...

I hope the butterflies find your milkweed. Although my area in northeast Washington State has numerous butterfly species, it only has occasional sightings of monarchs. I've planted some milkweed in case some happen to fly through.

WashingtonGardener said...

We can always have hope, Vicki! Thanks for stopping by :-)