Buckwheat Brings Butterflies is a forum to discuss gardening with California native plants. I live in Southern California and I have always been passionate about gardening with plants that make their home in the California wild.
The mourning cloak butterfly pictured in the image above chased away two Western Monarchs repeatedly as they tried to nectar on a nearby coffee berry bush. The butterfly even tried to chase me away, but I held my ground.
This year in California we had abundant rain that created a super bloom of poppies and other wildflowers. My own garden responded to the rain with blossoms galore. I wondered why we drive all the way to Lake Elsinore to see the super bloom when we can have a superbloom in our own backyard?
Let’s explore the world of California native plants together. If you have native plants in your yard, feel free to tell me your stories. Share your observations with me, your successes and failures. Let’s all learn together.
I also love to draw and paint. Much of my subject matter focuses on California flora and fauna. You can see examples of my work at: www.etwallace.com