Today I was working in the garden re purposing the 10ft x 16ft old deck that used to be on the back of our house. It was pushed aside two years ago and I rolled it on 4 inch PVC pipes into the woods and set it up to sit and enjoy the garden from it. I really like where it is now and the upper side of it is the hellebore beds and the back side is the Dwarf Crested Patch and several of the camellias.
Anyway I saw this Spicebush Swallowtail and grabbed my little Canon G11 and took this photo. The swallowtail stopped fluttering when the clouds passed overhead and allowed me to get this shot! Normally when I want to get a photo like this I grab the big guns DSLR and 180mm macro lens.
It looks like it might have a parasite. But seemed very healthy and happy to have found my azaleas. At least 2 other Spicebush Swallowtails were flying about in the yard, they are never seen here in any kind of numbers. Meg saw our first hummingbird of the season this morning from the bathroom on this same azalea bush.
Above is half the Dwarf Crested iris patch, this was taken from about 10 foot in front of the newly re purposed deck. Note all the trees and Virginia Creeper I need to pull out of the patch.
Opened yesterday this Iris tectorum, Japanese Roof Iris. I planted one plant about 12 years ago and now I have a 5ft x 5ft x 5ft triangle of these growing in the neglected garden. I have given so many of these away I could not count them. Last year I was given a blue one, a single bloom should be open in the morning.
Also Dr Ruppel Clematis opened Friday night, it opened on a Friday last year. Clematis henrii also opened today!
Our last miniature daffodil Tiny Bubbles opened a few days ago. This is a Brent and Becky's introduction. The jury is still out as the plants barely bloomed, maybe next year they will kick some butt.
Here is one of my new favorite triandus daffodils Hawera. What I like about this daffodil is it can have 2-5 blooms per stalk and my last fall planted bulbs many of them produced up to 7 flower stalks per bulb! Makes me think this is a great naturalizer.