Home of the Practically Perfect Pink Phlox and other native plants for pollinators

Friday, August 28, 2009

Open Wide

Thank you very much, but, could you open just a bit wider please?


Much better~~but, just a bit wider, please!
I don't mean to be so demanding! You're almost there!


I know you can do it!

Ahh~~that'sperfect!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Here at Clay and Limestone we're celebrating the Southern Crimson Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis) successfully finding its way to the perfect plant, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'. They are delicious together. Long may they remain together and far away from Salvia azurea! By the way, I brought 'Black and Blue' home from the $1 table and within minutes SCM had found them.

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you find the perfect plant, too!

Gail

44 comments:

  1. 1 dollar! That's great! Lovely color moth..

    ReplyDelete
  2. Lol, lovely post – suspected you had some secret tricks to make your garden perform that little extra!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ah the old bait and switch!!! Excellent images my friend! :-)
    Frances

    ReplyDelete
  4. B&B Salvia is always a crowd pleaser. It seems that everyone that walks through my garden wants to know what it is. The hummingbirds would hate to share with the moth if it was here. What a find for $1.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Fun and fascinating post !
    Pretty butterfly and flowers...your narration is very entertaining. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gail ... I have to say you are the "Queen of short stop film stories"
    That was too COOL girl ! I'll be thinking of some flowers having a dentistry background in connection with particular insects ? haha
    You show a lot of patience .. I need some of that quality BIG time ;-)
    I am jealous of that bargain plant that looks beautiful .. I missed the late season bargains this year .. drats to being sick blahhhhhhh ! heheh
    Great shots girl !!
    Joy

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is a dollar well spent!! I love the colors of the Black and Blue. That Crimson moth is pretty against the blue flower of the B & B. Love the sequence of photos as he crawls inside.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Gail, I have never ever seen that type of moth. Wow, what color! I'll google it and see. I have that type of salvia, and I have to tell you it is one of the most delicious plants in the garden. It appears the moth agrees.~~Dee

    ReplyDelete
  9. I like the moth and salvia color combo, better than the basil and moth combo. Thanks for the information, I found it interesting that it is only found in two different locations.

    ReplyDelete
  10. A dollar? What a bargain! Looks like the little guy has good taste!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Gail, I had a dentist like that once;) Congratulations on your rare moth and on your good deal on Black and Blue. That is probably the only salvia I haven't tried.

    Marnie

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hey everyone! I have B+B in the front garden but these $1 plants needed to come home with me! What a treat that the cutie pie moth loves it so much! Seriously the plants arrived and within minutes the moths were in salvia heaven.

    I am waiting to hear back from the local chapter of the National Butterfly group~~they have contacted an entomologist with hopes that there is more info on this moth. The questions out there~~Is the moth expanding its territory or is it making a comeback.

    In the meantime~~it's providing us with a lot of entertainment!

    I hope you all have a great weekend.

    gail

    ReplyDelete
  13. Incredible patience is required to get close up pics, in focus, of a tiny moth. Very entertaining, your post.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Ah, a perfect pink and purple combo--my favorite colors in the garden! Of course, it does remind me a bit of going to the dentist yesterday:) Have a great weekend, Gail!

    ReplyDelete
  15. LOL, the moth is a pretty color and I love the black & blue salvia that both Lisa and Beckie have in their gardens. The only problem is that this post reminds me I'm overdue for scheduling an appt. with my dentist!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great series of photos! The sage and moth look beautiful together.

    ReplyDelete
  17. FYI I posted better photos of the Chrysalis today...they are so beautiful...looks like a piece of jewelry to me.

    ReplyDelete
  18. They really are a great color match! Blogger has not been working for me this morning-not even email. Any problems at your place?

    ReplyDelete
  19. Gail, beautiful and funny!

    Have a great weekend/ Tyra

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love the picture with the moth bottom poking out :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. That's a beautiful salvia (and moth)! Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love 'Black & Blue', it has lots of visitors in the garden.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Black and Blue is a favorite in my garden too ~ I wish I could find some more for a buck! Good deal! But now, I have a question ~ I guess I'm confused. They eat your other salvias (did I understand that right?) but not this one??? Wonder what the difference is? I do agree the blue salvia with the pink moth is a striking color combination. Have a great weekend too!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Fab post Gail absolutely fab....

    I just love the colour combination....that really is such a pretty little moth......

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gailie, what a beautiful entertaining post! I love that little moth-butt disappearing into that blue blue flower! And to think this little moth might be a rarity as well. I wonder if soon you will be sending us pictures of entimologists in white suits with nets stalking that moth with nets and collecting jars!

    xxoo Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  26. Great pictures! It'll be interesting to hear more about this type of moth.

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a lovely little story - beautiful moth, and yummy plant and only a $1 !!!!!

    Have a great weekend Gail
    K.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Kathleen, Sorry to confuse! It's been suggested that it prefers salvia and eats the buds. The salvia azurea is a favorite and hard to come by locally, so I am a bit protective of it. They can snack on the Black and Blue at $1 a plant! I hope this helps! gail

    ReplyDelete
  29. Fantastic photo sequence, Gail, and what a great color combination. I tell you, I love those pretty moths! Thanks for continuing to showcase them.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Your post was much more fun than a visit to the dentist . . . open wide!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Amazing photos! I'll think of them next week when I'm having a crown replaced...

    ReplyDelete
  32. gail,
    these two make the perfect pairing. the colours alone are just perfect...but also the delicacy of both are remarkable.
    have a great weekend and enjoy the last days of august/can you believe it is almost over?

    ReplyDelete
  33. A great series of photos, Gail. I love the colour of the moth.

    ReplyDelete
  34. So very glad I didn't miss this post. Luved everything about it.

    ReplyDelete
  35. What fun you must have had taking those photos and watching the moth! I am still smiling about the post.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I have enjoyed sitting here tonight reading about the return of your swallowtails and these post on the blue moth. Odd that that moth is only in two states.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Ha... what a fun post! Thanks for showing us the SCM--he's cute, if demanding. :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. thumbs up for taking these pics. i mean the flower and moth are pretty for sure, but it was really skillful to take the pics in such an excellent manner.

    ReplyDelete
  39. What a perfect colour combination. I like blue and pink in a flower but it is not often that the pink bit is actually alive :-)

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hello folks~~Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, support, observations and thoughts. You are the best! I found the little caterpillar that was eating my salvia buds...he's so tiny it took me forever to get his portrait! He was chomping on the Salvia azurea! Hoping that there are enough buds left to flower...but I did find a place to order the seeds. Have a delicious week!

    gail

    ReplyDelete
  41. Very fun post! I love the color of your special visitor.

    ReplyDelete
  42. What a color combination these two make!

    ReplyDelete
  43. This post is one of my absolute favorites. So much fun :) And the color of the moth with the B&B...perfect.
    Wonderful work, Gail. I love your vivid imagination and sense of humor :)
    So much better than any magazine I read!
    I need to try Salvia Black and Blue, and a red version of Salvia too, in my garden! I never see them in nurseries up here. I guess I'll have to shop the catalogues.

    ReplyDelete

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.


LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails