So delighted to see these Red Admiral butterflies (males apparently) feeding on the native shrub, Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) at a client's recently. The plant likes wet soil and full sun. With all the rain we have gotten (drought last summer, flash floods this summer), this shrub is thriving!
So much of satisfying garden work is the non-sexy parts. I actually managed my first clean-up in the garden (my neighbor Rick has been the savior and done the heavy-lifting) over the weekend. Better than yoga (not stepping on emerging plants while I reach to prune, pull, dig and toss) and a constructive way to get out aggression! Above are remnants from last summer's roofers; below a motley assortment ready for municipal pick-up (oh how I lament having no allowable space in my condo for compost) of English Ivy, Star of Bethlehem, Weigela and one of my sacrificed favorite tulips (turkestanica).