Summer may be drawing to a close, but my butterfly bush doesn’t know it. It has taken all summer for new growth to appear on the old branches. First there were green leaves, and now it is sporting white blossoms. They look something like lilacs. And, yes, the butterflies do like them.
It has been said that we need to take time to smell the roses. But I’d like to add to that maxim the importance of noticing, and even watching, butterflies. Why? Because they are beautiful. Whether it is a fritillary or an orange and black monarch, a yellow and black swallowtail, or a black admiral, each of the visitors to my front garden is lovely. I would like to see a Karner Blue, but I’ll have to travel to Saratoga County to find one.
Another reason to study butterflies is to see how gracefully they flit from one blossom to another, gathering nectar. Who knows, watching butterflies might lead to watching bumble bees, dragonflies, hummingbirds and before you know it you’ll become a birdwatcher. On a sunny September day what could be nicer than to be out of doors enjoying the wonders of nature here in the Adirondacks.