I’d say on this Sixth of July that our backyard butterfly garden in our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood is doing quite nicely.
The three along the back fence, the purple eldest at left, the center white lady transplanted from my sister Frannie’s garden on Long Island, and the great multi-colored baby at right, are sturdy, on schedule, but not yet at the flowering stage, as you can see in the picture above.
That’s of no concern to a butterfly.
My dear wife Karen and I were lucky enough to be on our screened back porch to catch the wonder of this cornered beauty.
Soon after my fortune to capture the splendor of the above photo, Karen climbed a chair, carefully palmed the butterfly, and released it out the door.
Hopefully we shall see her in the garden when the blooms arrive.
Have you seen butterflies yet this season? Can you share a story about a butterfly inside a space that it shouldn’t have been? Have you been able to gently catch and release a butterfly, and how would you go about it if you had the chance?