Today’s post features a new flower I grew in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) butterfly garden this year. Known as “Blushing Suzies”, these gorgeous flowers were an instant hit with me … and a lot of butterflies! The Blushing Suzies are akin to Black-Eyed Susan Vines, differing in color.
I grew these from seeds, starting in late winter. After all frost chances, I transplanted these to several large, pots around the garden. I added a trellis in the center of the pots and trained them up the trellis … once they hit the top, they trailed downward. Blooms were profuse and gave a wonderful palette of pastel flowers, non-stop!
Although the monarchs weren’t very interested in these flowers, a couple species of swallowtails were, along with the sulphur (yellow) butterflies. The sulphurs seemed to be the most attracted to the Suzies. Already looking forward to growing more next year!
Here are a few images I captured of the Blushing Suzies in our garden:
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D Mark 2 body
- Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, and Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 IS lens
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 100 and ISO 200
- Aperture f/5.6 and f/8
- Shutter Speed 1/8 sec. to 1/2000 sec.