Butterfly out back on the lantana. Maybe one of these days I’ll have (make) the time to take some proper shots out in the garden, with a tripod and patience. But for now, I’ll try to be quick on the shutter for these chance encounters.
Lantana grows here in abundance, without needing anything from humans to help it along. It is one of the great native flowering plants in Central Texas.
We have yellow, orange, purple and white lantana in different places in our yard. But my favorite is the multi-colored pink & yellow lantana. Before we built the shop, there was a beautiful, huge multi-colored lantana growing right in the middle of where the slab was to be poured. It ended up getting torn out. I’ve mourned the loss of that lantana ever since.
So, today I was very happy to see a new lantana growing in the backyard that is just starting to pop out with those great multi-colored blooms.
Its amazing to see how quickly Mother Nature responds to a little rain in the midst of this terrible drought. We got an inch or two of rain on Sunday, and today the creeping lantana out back is popping with blooms. I’ve been watering this guy by hand all summer, but it wasn’t as satisfying as a drenching rain, I suppose.
The crepe myrtles are popping into bloom as well. It’s nice to see a little color out there!
This is a tiny floret on one of the lantana plants in the backyard. I planted these lantana about 3 years ago, and they have been bright yellow/orange. I have to say that my favorites are the multicolored lantana.
This year, i’m happy to see there there seem to be a few multicolored blooms on this sprawling, hearty plant. I’m wondering if this is from cross pollenation (?) as last year I planted a multi-color lantana in the neighboring bed.
Either way, they’re beautiful. And they attract butterflies in droves.
The lantana is booming this year. The butterflies are all over their little bunches of flowers. They do look mighty tasty, don’t you think?