Though its late in the growing season, I had the urge to plant flowers earlier this week, a few of my favorite perennials--coneflowers and coreopsis. I think the urge may have been prompted by simply seeing these flowers at one of my favorite garden shops, while earlier in the season I had been unable to find them.
But also, the increase in hummingbird activity was an encouragement. As migrants pass through, I'm eager to provide plenty of energy-producing nectar to help them along their journey. Males were guarding the feeders yesterday, three at a time, dividing the four feeders into their three separate territories. It's fascinating to watch, each showing disinterest in the activity at a feeder only a few feet away from the one they're guarding. Today, it was clear there are also plenty of juveniles coming through, fanning tails and chirping loudly as they encountered each other. Delightful company while I'm working in the flowers, sketching, or just enjoying the patio.
To see more sketches of the garden, visit, Coneflowers at Vickie's Sketchbook
Information on skippers from Bug Guide and Wiki
Wiki on Coneflowers
Wiki on Coreopsis; this particular variety is Coreopsis grandiflora.
Kaufman's Field Guide to Butterflies of North America
For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.