Monday, October 22, 2012

Keeping the Light On


The butterflies have come and gone, yet my Butterfly Bush continues to bloom into the wet, cold days of October.


Maybe it serves as a lighthouse for butterflies who've lost their way.


A purple beacon of hope,
a chance to rest and refuel
before they continue their long journey home.


32 comments:

  1. Great shots and a lovely color Rosemary....nice done.

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    1. Thanks Joop, we enjoy the colours even more now that they are leaving :)

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  2. My favorite color, Rosemary and they look so beautiful!
    Lucky you to be having this gorgeous color in your garden right now.
    Lovely shots :)

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    1. Thanks Ash, it is one of the only bright colours in my garden right now so I am really enjoying it :)

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  3. Great photos Rosemary, the first is the best and super color.

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  4. Oh Roosemary
    Great photos. I am delighted with them.
    All the best.

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  5. Gorgeous photos, Rosemary! I love budlea, it's like a lighthouse in the summer evening, with its bright purple color.

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    1. Thank you Nadezda, I'm surprised it has so many new blooms, I guess it is not bothered by the cold temperatures :)

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  6. This is such a beautiful plant. I'd love to plant several of these in the garden next summer. Right now they are eating my citrus bushes!!! But you should see all the butterflies! Just gorgeous shots:)

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    1. It would probably do very well in your climate. I saw plenty of these bushes growing like weeds in central Italy where it was quite hot. Over here it's common to lose them over the winter but this one's about 4 years old. I guess it's a tough one!

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  7. Whenever I see a butterfly bush from now on, I'm going to think, "It's a lighthouse for butterflies who have lost their way." I love that phrase!!

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    1. Thanks Connie, the butterflies have wisely left for warmer places, that's what made me think of lighthouse, the thought of some butterfly in dire need of refueling to catch up with its friends.

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  8. Photos delicious. Cores excellent.
    Bela and enquadramento perfeito light.

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  9. C'est avec tristesse effectivement que je vois les fleurs se faner en cet automne... J'aime tellement le printemps et l'automne me rend si mélancolique...
    Merci pour ces merveilleuses photos.
    Gros bisous

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  10. Thank you Martine, I love the Fall because Mother Nature has staged such a grand exit, like the final performance in a play (plus I know she will be back in the Spring!)

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  11. Uwielbiam te kwiaty i miło popatrzeć na ich śliczne zdjęcia. U mnie już dawno przekwitły niestety. Pozdrawiam.
    I love these flowers and nice to look at the pretty pictures. For me, unfortunately, has long faded. Yours.

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    1. Yes Giga, I am very surprised that mine has not faded as well :)

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  12. I love that purple colour!
    & flowers are cool too
    looks almost like syringa!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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    1. Thanks Juliana, this is one of my favourite shapes for flowers :)

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  13. Such a beautiful colors and I love the Buddleja...
    they have the flowers that loves butterflies...
    You have taken them very beautiful, Rosemary!
    Love it...
    Warm greetings, Anna

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    1. Thank you Anna, you're right, the butterflies love them :)

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  14. These are simply beautiful shots! This is a bit off-topic, but the watermark you have created is lovely. I looked back a few posts. The Pass it On post is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, I was inspired by Juliana's beautiful watermark (she's a couple of comments up the list if you want to see it). I'm glad you like the Pass it On post and I'm loving your Shades of Grey, very cool idea (although I'm not a fan of the book.)

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  15. For the past few days, whenever I passed by this shrub planted in the grounds of the apartment where I stayed in Cork, I photographed it. I was fascinated by it but do not know its name. Thanks for the post which was simply so coincidental. Its exactly the same colour - violet blue.

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    1. That is a wonderful coincidence :) If you get a chance you should smell the flowers, they are so strange and I can never find the words to describe its sweet perfume.

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  16. Fantastic photographs, such colours are enrapturing. I am greeting

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    1. Thank you, there are a few other colours, a little more jazzy, but I like this purple one too!

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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