I love Delicious Orchard
We go there to shop for the food, produce, fruit and other products.
But they do have a garden center outside
and of course I always wander around there before going inside.
The flowers are always so beautiful and healthy,
I thought the cone flowers in these colors would be so pretty in my fall garden.
From a distance, when I first saw this butterfly, I thought it was a black swallowtail.
Good thing I am a "we better be sure" kind of girl
because as you can see, it isn't!
Imagine my surprise when I realized it was a
Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
It held it's wings open for long periods of time,
I actually thought it looked prettier with it's wings closed, from the side.
A little worn, torn, and tethered, still it was a thrill to see a butterfly I do not often see.
After shopping I checked back and the butterfly was gone.
Good thing I took the time to take pictures on the way in.
If you follow my blog, you may remember the story about the purple butterfly bush I saw here.
I saw 4 beauties on the way in...I planned to purchase one as I left.
When we came out, all 4 were gone, and I was not happy.
I finally found a similar one but it was just not as nice.
The moral of this very long story...
buy it when you see it and don't wait to take pictures!