I don't have any photos yet, but I did a little butterfly garden update this weekend. I decided my parsley plant and my butterfly bush were past their prime and needed to come out. They were 2 of my tallest plants (my parsley at one point this year was over 5 feet tall!) and couple that with the fennel plant that I took out a few weeks ago and you have a butterfly garden that had some major open spaces in it.
I finally let myself go to Redenta's Garden (http://www.redentas.com/) for the first time in months -- SO FUN -- and picked up a few replacement plants. Their selection this time of year wasn't over the top, but they did have a few things I liked. One plant I've never had before -- it's called Lion's Ear. Supposedly it blooms blossoms that are creamy white and apricot color that smell like honey. I also got two butterfly weed plants that looked sort of sad but Carol at Redenta's said they would revive. I got three little ground cover plants that have tiny fragrant yellow blossoms on them (can't recall the name) and two larger groundcover plants that bloom a purple-y blue. (Also can't remember its name!) I'll get names and photos posted when the rain relents.
I also bought 20 bags of cedar mulch (yes, I swapped vehicles with Red!) to spiff up my front and back beds. It smells divine. I had hoped to get them cut open and spread before the rain came, but I ran out of time.
Last week I had brought home a ton of paint color sample cards. My neighbor helped me choose one, and it's called Clove, and it's by Martha Stewart. I tried to find an eco-friendly no VO2 paint in a similar color but was unsuccessful, so I guess when I paint it is going to stink. I hope to start taping and painting this week. It is a bold color, but I think it will work in there; there is a lot of light. Plus, I do want my dining room to be sort of cozy. I think it will look great with the chandelier, too.