We annually plant Lantana flowers when they are very small, maybe a couple of inches high. Then as summer moves on we watch them flourish, being a magnet for butterflies. This is the first time we’ve ever had them grow so tall they are climbing up the side of the house, like a vine,
A short walk-about offered several photo opportunities this morning. The buzzing Bumblebee feasting on our Lantana flowers was interesting, as was getting a close-up of the center of a large Hibiscus flower.
Our nice patch of Lantana flowers is now at peak, with limbs covered with blossoms intertwining with each other. And while that’s nice having them at their peak, it’s almost time to pull them up by the roots before first frost and replace them with winter hearty flowers such as Pansies. Seasons change.
The Lantana plants in our back yard are really beginning to look nice this summer, and there’s more to come. Not only do I like their colorful flowers, but so do migrating Butterflies passing through SW Virginia at this time of year. I was headed to the mailbox to retrieve the daily batch of unsolicited political letters from candidates we don’t support, assorted advertisements, bills and other junk, when I saw this lone Butterfly feasting on our flowers. I went back inside the house, grabbed my camera with telephoto lens, and captured some nice images which you see here. Like I always say, photos are waiting for you, if you’ll just look.