The Butterfly Garden

We’ve had a very warm and very wet spring, which means everyone’s garden is just sparkling right now. I was reminded of this when I got out to go to the Rutherford County Farmers Market early this morning at the Lane Agri-Park.

First look at the Butterfly Garden in 2014.

First look at the Butterfly Garden in 2014.

It was cool (for June) and a bity rainy, and as I pulled up I noticed the Master Gardeners’ (of Rutherford County) butterfly garden was looking very fresh, so when I was done shopping, I stopped and had a look at what’s going on there.

Looks like they’ve installed rain barrels this year!

Looks like they’ve installed rain barrels this year!

Another rain barrel.

Another rain barrel.

It’s a very pretty tableau.

It’s a very pretty tableau.

I always keep a little snapshot camera in the car for spur-of-the-moment photo ops. So these are just that—snapshots. If I remember, I’d like to come back with one of my Canons.

A friend of mine recently gave me some rue for my birthday, so I was interested to see what’s in store.

A friend of mine recently gave me some rue for my birthday, so I was interested to see what’s in store.

The lacey foliage is very pretty, but it looks like I’ll get some flowers too!

The lacey foliage is very pretty, but it looks like I’ll get some flowers too.

The yarrow is looking lovely.

The yarrow is looking lovely.

Yarrow up close.

Yarrow up close.

This is kniphofia (red hot poker) and Echinacea (coneflower). In the distance another rain barrel, at the site of the vegetable garden.

This is kniphofia (red hot poker) and echinacea (coneflower). In the distance another rain barrel, at the site of the vegetable garden.

I think this is just spectacular.

I think this is just spectacular.

These are a favorite in my garden; they're hardy plants and the flowers are long-lasting when cut for an arrangement.

These are a favorite in my garden; they’re hardy plants and the flowers are long-lasting when cut for an arrangement.

Because I really wasn’t quite awake yet, I failed to get shots of all the ID tags. But I believe this is a pale lavender veronica.

Veronica.

Veronica.

Dill.

Dill.

Shasta daisies.

Shasta daisies.

Phlox.

Phlox.

Phlox.

Phlox.

Asciepias tuberosa (was also labeled “butterfly weed”).

Asciepias tuberosa (was also labeled “butterfly weed”).

Another project on this site is a rain garden, which was implemented last year. I didn’t know what I was looking at, so I didn’t walk out there …

But you can see it in the distance, beyond the red bushes.

But you can see it in the distance, beyond the red bushes.

So pretty!

So pretty!

I have seen small weddings, receptions, even private dinners and photo shoots held here at the little pavilion. It’s a pretty view overlooking a pond.

View from the pavilion. Can you see the duck and her ducklings (lower left)?

View from the pavilion. Can you see the duck and her ducklings (lower left)? Remember, you can click on the image to enlarge, then click again to zoom in.

Here’s a closeup. The ducklings were headed for the swampy area (we’ve had a lot of rain, but this area isn’t always submerged) and became difficult to pick out.

Here’s a closeup. The ducklings were headed for the swampy area (we’ve had a lot of rain, but this area isn’t always submerged) and became difficult to pick out.

Two males. You can see the raindrops on the water.

Two males. You can see the raindrops on the water.

I really needed to get home to breakfast and work, though, so I took a last look …

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OK, a couple last looks. :)

OK, a couple last looks. 🙂

Oh! The farmers market! Everything looked so good!

Bell peppers, lettuce, yellow squash, cucumbers, and cabbage.

Bell peppers, lettuce, yellow squash, cucumbers, and cabbage.

 

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