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Swallowtail On Pink Zinnia 2
Photograph - Fine Art Photograph
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio glaucus, pollinating a pink zinnia elegans in my garden, Chappaqua, New York.
I love butterflies and so this year I made sure to include many brightly colored flowers in my garden. I was rewarded when this perfect specimen landed on a humble zinnia. I filled my garden with many native perennials to attract butterflies but my zinnias, one the easiest flowers to grow, have attracted more butterflies and dragonflies than all the other plants this year.
Zinnias are wonderful for a cutting garden. They are very easy annuals to grow. The seedlings pop through the dirt within days of planting in the late spring, making them a perfect flower to plant with impatient children. My earliest memories of planting flowers in the garden with my grandmother were zinnias. She had an amazing garden with fig trees, roses climbing up the side of the house, and many other flowers, herbs and edibles, but zinnias are the flower that remind me of her most.
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