It's not a bad picture if I can ID the butterfly, and that's clearly a Gulf Fritillary.
Melanie went on a spending spree. Dad tilled the areas I want to plant - well, some of them. Some I have to get in there and do it the hard way. Luckily, we're supposed to have a cool down later in the week so it sounds like time to get out and plant stuff!
From my favorite online retailer, Mail Order Natives, I ordered 4 Spicebush and 10 Monarda punctata (Spotted Bee Balm). Mom and I saw the bee balm when we were at Silver Springs last year and the Skippers were all about it. Bees, too. I'd seen it before, but never in large swaths like that. Also, Mom is funding part of this project so I like to throw a few things in there I know she'll like. Although, if it attracts butterflies, she likes that, too.
Then, from over in Largo, FL, I ordered from Wilcox Nursery. Dad and I have been there before and he said he was going to St. Pete tomorrow so I'm sending him on an errand to pick up my plants. He's got the pickup truck and I'm not driving across the bridge if I don't have to! No sense wasting gas and time. Anyway, I just talked to the owner and we had to make a few changes due to inventory issues, but I ordered: a whole bunch (16?) of Chapman's Liatris, 4 Starry Rosinweed, 4 False Rosemary, 4 Georgia Calamint, and 4 Tampa Verbena.
Luckily, the butterflies like purple as much as I do!