I was recently on a quick visit to friends in San Diego – it was a great trip! In their backyard they have mimosa trees and while I wandered around I stopped and took this picture. Enjoy!
Usually the plants that volunteer to grow in your yard without your explicit request are the ones that you have to call weeds and pull from the ground by their roots. They are, sadly, generally quite ugly.
In this case a butterfly bush decided to plant itself in our circular drive garden. (Technically, it’s an elliptical drive. THAT is a very long story.) Because I knew what it was, I let it grow. At some point we may choose a different home for it, but for now I’m happy to have it where it is. It just started blooming and I’m looking forward to the butterflies finding it soon.
I think the second version will make a nice cover photo for twitter or facebook…
Another of the hardy bog plants we added to the pond this year. As the name implies, this should also attract butterflies – but again it bloomed rather late so we didn’t see many (I did see a few though). With all the blooms on top it gets a bit heavy and bends over, but perhaps next year it will grow up a bit stronger?