By mid-July, I’d hoped to be able to proudly show you the purple blossoms on my most mature of butterfly bushes in the backyard garden of my dear wife Karen and I at our home in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
Yes, I can, but not in the striking manner in years past.
Here’s what the furthest of the four in our butterfly garden looks like this morning.
So I hope I can thrown in this little word. Yet. More and bigger blooms to come, unless this past harsh winter did something to screw up this summer’s butterfly bush cycle in our garden.
But that hardly matters today.
After I got home from work last night, I received this photo in an email from Good Neighbor Tim.
Holy cow, right? That’s next door, not inches on the other side of the fence from our butterfly garden.
“We have yet to see a swallowtail butterfly this year, but we continue to hope,” he wrote of he and his lovely wife Lorraine.
From our good neighborly talks, I know that they’ve had to replace the butterfly bush between that harsh last winter and this season.
Fantastic first year, I’d say.
However, Karen also informed me that Tim told her that they believe our big daddy bush somehow germinated a baby on their side of the fence. And that purple blossom looks familiar to me.
Wouldn’t that be something?
Tim’s quite a great photographer, no?
Earlier, he sent me a striking shot of our strawberry moon for posting here.
How does the last harsh winter seem to be affecting your garden this summer? What’s popping out in your backyard right now? What’s the best picture somebody’s emailed you lately?