Saturday, September 01, 2012

Butterflies & Waterlilies at Duke Gardens

This past Wednesday I helped Meg's second grade class with a field trip to Sara P Duke Gardens. As you know they are raising butterflies, Black Swallowtails. So far as of yesterday 5 have emerged and have been released. Many classrooms raise and release butterflies, usually I do not recommend releasing butterflies raised from kits shipped from across the country. Releasing butterflies from local wild sources is a very good thing to do.
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on penta.

We found maybe 30 species of butterflies at Duke Gardens, the best ones were Painted Ladies, Long-tailed Skippers and a Delaware Skipper. About half the class witnessed a female Monarch laying eggs on Swamp Milkweed.

I had fun getting photos of the water gardens, every year the tropical water lilies get better. Still early in the water lily season I hope to go back and investigate further.

The lower terraces water garden looking from the right side.
The lower terraces water garden looking from the left side.
Burgundy water lilies so cool, hard to capture the color correctly on these beauties!

Lotus flower, this might have been a dwarf lotus, very small.

This is Autumn Clematis, it is having a great year here. Last spring I found a plant in the garden that the birds planted. I moved it to a better spot and it is already blooming. I saw honey bees gathering white nectar from it. We have a large mass of this going along the roadside about 1 1/2 miles from the house.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Oh, how beautiful!!! I do love that garden! I see more lily varieties in your pictures than I saw in June. Thank you Randy!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

I have visited Duke Gardens and was very impressed! Your waterlily photos are spectacular! The blooms really pop and the veining on the pads are so interesting! Really glad to read about the students' experience. The Junior Master Gardener class I lead collected swallowtail caterpillars from the parsley in their garden so that they can observe the chrysalis stage and emergence of the butterfly. An experience I think is so important for every child.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

I know those kids will remember that butterfly experience...really nice that they saw one laying eggs.
Those water lilies are lovely. I was going to gush about the ones with the mottled leaves, then I saw the burgundy leafed!!
thanks for the ID of the Liatris. always something cool in the garden/yard/woods.

Les said...

Nice lily photos, but what is the plant in the third pic with the white flowers and red centers?

Patrick's Garden said...

You guys have no idea how happy I am right now. I haven't been at that lower terrace pond for over ten years. Why can I be so sure? Because my brother went to Duke for his doctorate and is currently on the faculty. I have visited him often over the years but I know it's over 10 because today I've been a quadriplegic for over 10. But to have just had the experience to walk again at Duke. I'm subscribing because you give me an opportunity like that, I'm be your friend for life. But do me a favor and walk around the magnolias in front of the med school next time you can. And now I'm getting greedy because I'm adding under the wisteria and show me thee age of those limbs. Like Buddah.

Indie said...

What a great classroom project! It's so great for the younger generation to actively engage with nature around them. I remember loving the one wildlife project we got to do in science class as a kid (raising little tiny worms).

The Duke Gardens look gorgeous! Believe it or not, I still haven't managed to make it over there to see them yet (a travesty, I know!) It's on my list!

Rosey said...

Such stunning photography! Those waterlilies are amazing. Well done.

Loren @ CheapSheds said...

Beautiful! Those waterlilies are just lovely. Great feature indeed!

rockriverstitches said...

Gorgeous photos! I would love to visit that place!


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