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Aug
24
2016

‘Black Beauty’ is
Blogger’s “Top Draw for Butterflies”

‘Black Beauty’ is Blogger’s “Top Draw for Butterflies” – www.OldHouseGardens.com
five-year-old clump of 'Black Beauty'
in front of OHG world headquarters

In a recent post at her award-winning blog The Garden Diaries, Claire Jones writes that the “top draw for butterflies” in her Maryland garden is the gorgeous, easy-to-grow ‘Black Beauty’ lily. She even includes a short video of a half-dozen tiger swallowtails blissfully sipping nectar from the lily’s deep raspberry-colored flowers.

Claire’s post also introduced me to “butterflying,” which she defines as observing and photographing these beautiful pollinators. Along with helpful tips for attracting and taking digital photos of them, she offers some fascinating facts about butterflies. For example, did you know that butterflies taste things with their feet?

August is a great month for butterflying, with many of the 765 species in North American active then. To enjoy more of them in your garden, read Claire’s tips – and maybe plant a few ‘Black Beauty’ lilies this fall.