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Friday, December 6, 2013

This week in the garden - #83

It's been a week of contrasts. Early in the week, we had temperatures above 80 degrees F. Yesterday, our high was 73 degrees and our low was 38. Today the high is anticipated to be 39.

 Early in the week, there were lots of butterflies about, including this little skipper on the purple trailing lantana.

This particular lantana is a great favorite with butterflies like the Common Buckeye.

There were several of these American Painted Ladies enjoying the lantana on this day.

On a cold and misty day like today, though, there are no butterflies about. And the gardener herself is staying inside.

But a few blossoms like this 'Ducher' rose continue to grace the garden, even on a cold December day. Is this the last rose of the season?

As cold air blankets much of the country, I hope your garden is doing well and that you are able to enjoy the week in the garden.


  1. You know I've seen that butterfly for years but never known its name, so thanks for sharing.

    Well if that's the last rose of the season, then you're ending the season on a high note. What a gorgeous and regal looking cultivar.

    Have really enjoyed your refreshing blog.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patrick. Please come again.

  2. I've seen that Painted Lady, now I know what it is. Thanks!

    1. You're welcome! They are fairly common in my garden at this time of year.