Flower Friday: The Zinnia and the Spicebush Swallowtail

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I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks. I decided to start sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


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Today for Flower Friday I have two pictures to share. The first is a zinnia and a spicebush swallowtail butterfly from last year.

Isn’t it amazing that this spicebush caterpillar below will become the butterfly above? This picture was also taken last year.

I’m really excited for spring! How about you?


Happy Friday!

❤ Mischenko

48 thoughts on “Flower Friday: The Zinnia and the Spicebush Swallowtail

  1. starjustin

    Mother Nature is truly amazing! Zinnia was one of grandmas favorite flowers. I love that they bloom in so many different colors. Spring is my favorite season. Nice post!

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  2. I absolutely adore zinnias and have never grown them in my life! I think this is going to be the year! I just read an article on creating a micro-prairie for those us who miss our prairies now that we live in town. So, on the edge of my prairie I think I’ll put some zinnias. Not exactly a prairie flower but the butterflies will love them. Have a great weekend!!

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    1. That sounds amazing! I’m going to have to look up micro-prairies now. We actually put some out along a trail we have through a pasture and they look wonderful. Really, they’ll look wonderful anywhere in my opinion. I’m so excited for you! You may already know, but if you get the ‘cut and come’ zinnias, you can cut them repeatedly throughout the summer for bouquets and they’ll keep reblooming. Cheap and easy! Good luck, Mackey. Really looking forward to spring. 😉

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  3. I can remember my grandmother growing zinnias in her garden, but it’s been years since I’ve grown them myself. I’d still like a good snow before spring – our weather’s been so weird, it hasn’t felt like winter yet.

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    1. It seems like everyone has had a strange winter. I was feeling that way in December when it was strangely mild. We had winter in November though and then come January we had multiple polar vortexes breaking records. The weather is so insane! I’m really hoping it’s not going to be a real hot and dry summer. I hope you get some snow, Teri. These are so simple to grow and can really tolerate some drought. Have a good weekend. 😊

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  4. Oh my goodness! How beautiful! Even the caterpillar is super beautiful, but the transformation is amazing! Love your zinnias, favorite M. I definitely need to add some of those around here. I think they are easier than these dahlias that have been driving me bonkers! ♥️ YES, so ready for spring! Bring it on!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Isn’t nature amazing? I haven’t had good luck with dahlias, but we’re going to try again this year. I bought seed one year and they grew wonderfully, but then I realized true dahlias are perennials only if you dig the tubers in our zone. 😂 I bet yours are so beautiful, Jen! All your flowers are. 😍

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        1. Oh, that’s terrible! It wouldn’t surprise me though, Jen. It happened to us too. A few years ago I purchased a bunch of tulip bulbs online. The goal was to create a small tulip garden too mimic my grandmothers. At the time, I didn’t know we had moles and voles out there (I supposed it was the deer that ate our fruit trees and killed them.) Every tulip was gone. I basically gave them all a delicious meal to eat! It was devastating! So, now I know to bury some fence in the ground around the area or I read to use diatomaceous earth around each plant. Fence seems better. 🤔 I haven’t tried yet. I wonder if that’s what happened to yours? Wildlife is wonderful, but it can be such a pain sometimes. 💗

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  5. Gorgeous photos! I agree, spring can’t come soon enough! This post makes me even more excited for it. I miss going outside and taking photos of all the flowers/plants. I feel like I’ll have cabin fever by the time this winter comes to an end.

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