Oh, how I smiled when I saw the fall garden at Spa State Park this weekend! All of that color!
I have written here before about the gardens at the entrance to the park in Saratoga Springs (NY). Gardener Dan Urkevich does so much with so little.
For this season, Dan has blended in mums and pumpkins among the annuals and perennials that are still putting on a heck of a show.
There are New York natives, too, and the border is alive with pollinators.
In fact, what was that flicker of orange?
Could it be? YES, it's a monarch!
Since summer, news outlets from around the northern United States and Canada have been reporting that monarchs are very scarce. Just this week, the Ottawa Citizen wrote that a popular tourist event, an annual monarch butterfly count at Point Pelee, Ontario, has been cancelled. The monarchs are missing.
But for this weekend, I was happy to see even this one specimen dining at Dan Urkevich's brilliant butterfly buffet.
Thanks, Dan, for an amazing seasonal show. It made me smile.