The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. Rabindranath Tagore
Every September I am enamored with the convergence of all matter of butterflies
on Maison Steinbuchel
. The flurry of peaceful activity brings out the child in me as i stand right in the middle of my flower bed and let the joy of these flying flowers surround me. It lifts my soul and cleanses any drudgery the day may have brought.
Of course there are bees and even birds, all enjoying each other’s company while keeping my nearby veggie garden pollinated and reasonably pest free.
Butterflies and Purple Things
There is also a walkway, made up of 4 inch thick limestone slabs. It’s plantings include:
- purple mums brought from our California garden when we moved here in 1988
- sweet potato vines from the Flower Ranch
- Texas sized coleus from the Flower Ranch
- creeping thyme step-ables from local garden centers
- native phlox – a gift from a neighbor
- zinnias that self sowed
- rose moss that self sowed
The butterflies also enjoy this area, and our cats sit for hours entertained by the flying flowers.
As summer winds down and autumn begins to show herself, the butterflies represent, that although a winter rest is coming, spring will again come forth from the seeds being sown. They too will return. For now, I sit and enjoy their beauty.
If you want to enjoy this little bit of heaven on earth make a plan now to create your own garden next spring. To learn how to make your own butterfly garden you don’t have to get seeds from France. I suggest P. Allen Smith
as a resource. Once established, it takes minimal effort to maintain.
Please comment below on your impressions of this “impressionist” garden!