The butterfly garden is living up to its name. Sunday, in the garden, I was witness to many winged friends as they stopped for awhile in our yard to feed on nectar – even after I cut most of the blooms off of several plants (indigo spires, butterfly weed, lantana)(I know, I hate to do it, but I want bushier, fuller plants, so there is a method to my madness!). The butterflies seemed to really enjoy the verbena, four nerve daisies and the black-eyed susans. The fennel is a particular favorite for the few varieties of wasps that I’ve seen in the garden. They are quite harmless and fun to watch while they’re feeding, although I wouldn’t want to disturb them! There were a few butterflies that got away before I could photograph them, including monarch, tiger swallowtail and gulf frittilary. I’ll get them one of these days! After all, I’m building the monarchs a hotel with deluxe accommodations (i.e. 40 milkweed plants as host plants and a few other nectar favorites along the side fence)!