Monday, September 29, 2014

September Garden Highlights from Americus Garden Inn

Here are some of my favorite photos from our garden this month:

A lady butterfly in the butterfly bush
An anole in the purple queen

The very fragrant bloom of the banana shrub

A green/bronze frog beside our pond

Our resident bullfrog underneath the waterfall of the pond

The canna lilies in bloom

Black Tiger Swallowtail

The state butterfly of Georgia - yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly (female)

Yellow tiger swallowtail butterfly - male

Common whitetail dragonfly - female

Common whitetail dragonfly - male

The young fox that has been visiting our garden.

A perfect gardenia blooming beside the porch

A goldfinch in the echinacea

A crab spider in the echinacea

A gray hairstreak butterfly in the echinacea

Whirling butterfly bush - gaura

A gulf fritillary in the lantana

A hackberry emperor butterfly on the red tip tree

The fragrant flowers of the creeping jasmine

One of my favorites - lespedeza

In the lantana, a longtailed skipper

Another fragrant bloom - magnolia

Mexican petunias

A praying mantis saying hello

A mockingbird almost ate this praying mantis for lunch.

The flowers of the purple queen.

A beautiful red spotted purple butterfly.

A six spotted fishing spider in our pond.

A sulphur butterfly resting in the garden

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast online.  We hope you'll come stay with us for a few days and let us share our garden with you in person.
Love,
Susan

Sunday, August 31, 2014

An August Afternoon Butterfly Tour in Americus

Allow me to transport you to my garden for a quick butterfly tour.  If you were here, these are the things I would be sharing with you.  Please understand that our garden is private and exclusive for registered guests only.

(If you want to see larger photos, just click on them.)
In the butterfly bush, there are lots of silver spotted skippers, like this one.

Silver Spotted Skipper at Americus Garden Inn
Another brown butterfly, a duskywing has just appeared.  Check out the beautiful design on those wings.
Duskywing at Americus Garden Inn
No, that is not a bee or a butterfly.  It is a bee mimic, a hummingbird moth, also known as a clearwing hummingbird moth.
Clearwing hummingbird moth at Americus Garden Inn
It looks like a couple of skippers have found each other.  Notice the slight color variation - one is male and one is female.  Love is in the air.
Skippers at Americus Garden Inn
Look at those huge eye spots on the wings of the buckeye butterfly.  They are so incredibly vibrant.
Buckeye butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
A gulf fritillary butterfly on the purple queen.  Wow!  The orange really stands out against the purple.
Gulf Fritillary at Americus Garden Inn
Another buckeye with its wings totally open.  Absolutely gorgeous!  I love this photo.  It is exactly as I saw it.
Buckeye Butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
Another gulf fritillary.  There were so many of them.  They do not look real, they are so incredibly colorful.
Gulf fritillary butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
This sleepy orange butterfly was not very cooperative, so, this is the best photo I could get.
Sleepy Orange at Americus Garden Inn
A duskywing on the salvia.  So easy to miss these brown beauties.
Duskywing at Americus Garden Inn
Do you hear that?  It's a cicada on the bald cypress tree.
Cicada at Americus Garden Inn
A little brown skipper hanging upside down on the lespedeza.  I love the word - lespedeza.
Brown skipper at Americus Garden Inn
Did you notice that small bluish white butterfly?  It is an azure butterfly.  It just landed on the lespedeza and it appears to be depositing eggs.
Azure butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
Can you see it?  Take a closer look.
lynx spider at Americus Garden Inn
Let's take a closer look at the green lynx spider hiding in the  black-eyed susans waiting to jump out an catch a meal.
green lynx spider at Americus Garden Inn
A longtailed skipper just landed in the butterfly bush.
Longtailed skipper at Americus Garden Inn
Another buckeye makes an appearance. 
buckeye butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
A dragonfly has decided to join us on the tour and is posing for photos.
dragonfly at Americus Garden Inn
The silver spotted skippers are almost always hanging upside down, like this one in the abelia.
silver spotted skipper at Americus Garden Inn
Another hummingbird moth is in the abelia.
clearwing hummingbird moth at Americus Garden Inn
A red spotted purple landed on the river rock of the pond.  I placed my hand next to it and it climbed onto my hand.
red spotted purple at Americus Garden Inn
Imagine your hand next to mine, sharing this magic moment.
red spotted purple butterfly at Americus Garden Inn
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my garden, at the Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast, with you.   Come stay with us for a couple of days.  It would be my pleasure to share this with you in person.
Love,
Susan