Wildlife Wednesday: Note To Self


Plant more zinnias next year

spicebush swallowtail on a zinnia

because the butterflies LOVE them!

butterfly flower

I had a couple of emails asking if we were ok after the news broke about flooding in RI. We’re fine, all the damage was on the mainland. We got some good rain, and lots of thunder and lightning, but no floods…This morning is delightfully cool…and a School Day!


35 thoughts on “Wildlife Wednesday: Note To Self

  1. The butterflies love my Lantanas, too. I have seen hummers out there but not this year. Hope that Angel has a good day at school!!

  2. We didn’t hear about the floods, but glad they missed you. I have never planted Zinnias, but perhaps I should try them next year. Anything for more butterflies!

    • I grew them back in Oklahoma when I was younger – they’re pretty drought-tolerant, and practically foolproof. Perfect for little gardeners to grow from seed…The hummingbirds like them, too. Do you see any hummers in your garden? I don’t know if there are any European species or not…

      • Hi Marie. As far as I know there aren’t any at all in Europe. We do get the big moths though (Hummingbird hawkmoths) and they love nectar rich flowers so would probably go for Zinnias too! Good to know they are easy to grow from seed.

  3. I’m glad to hear that all is well on your part of the Plantations. Your zinnias are beautiful, Marie, and that butterfly a welcome sight. Haven’t seen many around here this Summer and it’s a bit disconcerting. Never have the words ” … and a School Day!” conveyed such happiness. 🙂

  4. I also like Zinnias – they make nice cut flowers too and I sometimes put them in a bowl of water on the table in the garden to which the butterflies then come and we can appreciate them up close!

    • Niko behaves so much better when he has some time without his cousin – even though I still have him at home, it IS more peaceful 🙂
      Plant the zinnias – they’re almost foolproof! They do beautifully in hot, dry summers, too!

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