The flowers in the butterfly garden make lovely landing pads for more than just butterflies. Honey bees, and bumble bees, and moths of many varieties settle in for long, slow sips of nectar. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds zip in to sample the sweetness of the coral bells. I've seen them sit still for just a few seconds on the branches of the Chinese Elm tree. Dragonflies do elegant aerobatics over the swaying blossoms. Sometimes one sits on a slate in the trail for a little sun and, I like to imagine, a brief meditation. I don't blame them. I like to do the same thing.
photos by Aisling, Sunday June 29, 2008 1) Stella De Oro Daylily 2) marigold and tiny bee 3) Dutch Iris and ants 4) Arctic Daisies 5) baby sun coreopsis 6) fairy rose 7) whitetail dragonfly