Color in the Garden

Today’s post features a couple of colorful plants that are busy blooming right now in the butterfly garden.

I have a lot of Zinnias growing and most all of the butterfly species visiting the garden love to seek nectar from them. The zinnia is an annual, but they re-seed quite easily II usually try to cut the seed heads before they fall, so I can control where they grow):

Zinnia in bloom

Another nice bloomer is the low-growing Dwarf Plumbago. This plant is a perennial and spreads via both seeds and by underground spreading. I use this plant as a border plant and it attracts a lot of butterflies and the clearwing hummingbird moth:

Dwarf Plumbago blooming

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body
  • Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld
  • ISO 800 (zinnia) and ISO 25 (plumbago)
  • Aperture f/8 (both)
  • Shutter 1/180 sec. (zinnia) and 1/250 (plumbago)
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