Most of our flowers have shined and gone but we planted for year-round bloom and a few still provide a table for warm-day flyers.
And queen butterfly.
The biggest stand of my Prostrate Rosemary hums with flutter when the sun shines. Here a Common Checkered Skipper enjoys a sip.
An as-yet-unidentified butterfly nectared nearby. Does anyone know his name?
Update: Thanks to Dorothy Borders who writes Gardening with Nature for the identification: Common mestra (Mestra amymone), a new species ID for our garden.
I'm not as enthusiastic about the bugs eating my Giant Turk's Cap.
I wish I had the proper botanical name for this variety. I was told it's native to Texas, grows along rivers in this area. The leaves are much larger than the Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii.
The drooping leaves tell you there are no rivers in my backyard.
A late-migrant hummingbird--female Ruby-throated, I think--stopped by the Pineapple Sage on Thanksgiving Day.
The sage has the Christmas spirit this year, still decorating the front beds in red and green.
For more bloomday treats, click on over to May Dreams. And whether you're gardening outdoors or in dreams now, I hope you're happy and your holidays are warm.
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