Postcards from the Edge

It’s the time of year when we don’t go into the woods.

Lantana makes a summer haven for butterflies.

Donna of Garden Walk, Garden Talk wrote about making paths through woods. At the end, she mentioned downsides. Our biggest downsides are poison ivy — acres of poison ivy from seeds spread by birds — and rattlesnakes.

 

We mostly make paths around the woods and through the meadows.

Erigeron dots the meadows with white.

Even the lime sink remains a pond in a wetter year than usual.
Lantana at woods’ edge

 

There were butterflies out but shy of the camera.
I hope you can pick out the Tiger Swallowtail kind of upper left.
The Butterfly area has Passionflowers and Beautyberry,
all self seeders along with Lantana south of the woods.
Among other wildflowers I found were Wild Sweet Potato Ipomoea pandurata and Elephantapus.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link. I keep forgetting coming from PA that there were rattlesnakes and copperheads in the woods. One walk at Hawk Mountain last year, where my cousin lives, I was told to be careful of the rattlesnake sunning itself on the path up ahead. Needless to say, I did not walk that path although others did just to see the snake. I always worry where there is one, there are others. Plus poison ivy is another thing I missed because I am one that is not affected by the plant’s oil. It was good you noted that in the comment. I have seen a few butterflies, but like you, they did not stick around for a photo op. I hope we see them this year, last year was a really bad year for them. Mostly the Monarchs, but especially all the field butterflies. Sad they were missing in numbers.

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