Sunday, April 06, 2008
Butterfly sitting on a blooming flower? No, you won't be seeing that for some months in the GWI property. But if you're in Austin right now, as I just was, you can see all kinds of butterflies on blooming plants that are perennials in this part of Texas, but exotics to me (I THINK this is Pride of Barbados). [EDIT: it is a type of milkweed. Really, I ought to have recognized it. Another embarrassing moment!] I spotted it in the butterfly garden of the Natural Gardener in Austin.
Do I have zone or weather envy? Not really. I'm looking forward to the first days of gardening in Buffalo, which will commence as soon as I get home. My initial act will be to get all the disgusting matted leaves off the front and side beds and see what bulbs are struggling to come up. My species tulips are just emerging; in Austin their day is already past.
I enjoyed strolling through the butterfly garden seen above, but it was almost oppressive on April 5; I can only imagine what it might be in July or August. For me, this might be too hot, too soon. It takes all kinds, as they say, and,in spite of the expected and tiresome ribbing I got about Buffalo's much-vaunted winter horrors (and why is it that complete strangers feel they can launch right into this before they even know my name?) I'm fine with it. I do look forward with longing to MY flowers and MY butterflies, but I guess I can wait a month or so.