A Purple Passion
A lot of lovely purple is happening in the garden.
This passionflower, Passiflora x “Incense,” is really coming into its own – it puts out three to five of these spectacular blooms each day.
This is Purple Majesty millet; I was worried that the photo was out of focus, looking at it on the camera, but then I realized that the flower itself has jaggedy edges!
This is a standard Ruellia. It’s about waist-high now, and has usually a dozen or more blooms each day. They fall off by late afternoon, but always put up a fresh crop.
This is a Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae. I love to watch them – you can’t see it in a still photo, but the white areas on its wings are reflective, like metal.
She’s laying eggs on my passionflowers. Fortunately, the wasp patrol keeps them pretty thoroughly in check. I’m a little sad that I won’t be getting more baby butterflies, but glad there aren’t huge holes in my vine. The caterpillars are voracious, and can strip a vine to stems in just a few days if conditions are just right.
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