Desdemona and the Swallowtail

One of my favorite things about gardening is the shopping. I realize a lot of people like shopping, but ordinarily, it is not very high on my list of enjoyable activities. I am not that crazy about food shopping, I hate clothes shopping, and other sorts of shopping I can take or leave, and I’m nearly always tired of it long before I am done. Plant shopping though- that is a whole other story. It is the only kind of shopping I truly enjoy doing in the company of others. Gardeners are enablers – we urge one another to new heights of plant greed and excess. You might miss a particular plant if you are shopping by yourself, but with others, you don’t miss a thing, because your fellow gardeners are sure to point something out to you. Consequently, a great many plants in my various gardens are loved, not just for their own sakes, but also for the memories they evoke – memories of a special day, spent with people I love.

Such is definitely the case with this plant – Ligularia Desdemona. She spends her time languidly draped next to the concrete birdbath out back, with big dark leaves, and late in the summer, big orange daisy-like flowers. I bought her down in Virginia, when we went to visit Ellyn and Jason, right after Mark was born. We were shopping for Ellyn’s new shade garden, but I didn’t want her Desdemona to be lonely, so I bought one for me too. Hers did far better than mine the first couple of years, no doubt because of the kinder climate in her zone 6 garden, but eventually mine came into it’s own. It was a wonderful day that we got to spend together, enjoying the new baby, and sharing our love of gardening. This Spicebush Swallowtail, not a common sight here, seemed to think it was a wonderful place to spend a recent sunny morning.Ligularia Desdemona and Spicebush Swallowtail ButterflyWhen Ellyn and Jason moved up to New York, she had to leave her Desdemona behind. I think we will just have to shop around, to find her one up here.

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6 Responses to Desdemona and the Swallowtail

  1. Roberta says:

    I always love the posts about your daughters – thanks for sharing!

  2. Ellyn says:

    It was a good day. Love ya!

  3. Ellyn says:

    And Your right. I do need to get another one of those. Think I can get one that comes with a pretty butterfly?

  4. Donalyn says:

    From what I read, they do attract a lot of different butterflies, so maybe.

  5. Beautiful! And glad it’s making it up here in the frozen tundra!

  6. Donalyn says:

    MPM – it does feel that way sometimes – especially when we have to trudge across it :)

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