July 27

 Sadly, ants had had their way with this beautiful butterfly before I found it.
Still I couldn't resist a picture. 
 Toward the end of the day, driving toward our house, the
golden hue of the black-eyed Susans really caught my eye.
My photos don't do them justice;
but seeing these images, I realize our trees desperately need trimmed.
Weather has been almost autumn-like.  Pleasant days.  Cool nights.
So lovely...


  1. Your gardens are looking beautiful!

  2. One day I'm going to have some black eyed susans... yours are so pretty!

  3. Lovely bed you have there. Really catches the eye with nice combinations.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. Beautiful butterfly! I have a love/hate relationship with Black Eyed Susans. They are beautiful to look at with their warm colors and big cone in the middle but they also signal a change in the garden year and a change in lifestyle as the lazy hazy crazy days of summer will soon give way to the more regimented days of autumn.

    1. I agree, actually. And the weather has certainly turned quite "fall-ish" here! Very unusual. I'm not such a hot-weather fan, but winter is even less pleasant for me...

      The other "down-side" to these Susans is that they spread quite ambitiously!!!!

  5. Poor butterfly but such is life in the great outdoors. Sigh...
    The Susans never fail me in my hot, dry or wet gardens!