Zinnias are some of the most insect-friendly plants you can grow. Easy from seed, these cheerful annuals flower a few weeks after planting.
Pollinators love zinnias so much, it can prove more difficult to get a picture of one without a butterfly or other insect on board.
Humans will find their bright colours attractive too.
After stalking the flower patch for some time, I did manage to capture an ’empty’ zinnia.
But by then, the movement and boldness of the butterflies had captured my attention. After all, not many flowers prove so irresistible to butterflies and moths that they’ll allow a big human to loom over them with an iPhone.
Might as well take full advantage!
I’ll leave you with the kind of picture I’d been aiming for. The form of this fully double flower was attractive to me, but held less interest for the butterflies: when choosing flowers to attract insects, single and semi-double varieties are the ones to go for.
Becky has set out to brighten our April and after a few days sulking with (even more) WordPress woes (don’t ask), she’s lured me back as easily as a zinnia lures an insect. She’s gone bright eyed and bushy tailed today.
I’m also linking to Cee’s Flower of the Day as I hardly ever post flower pictures without thinking of her.
I’ll leave you with a tip that might be handy if you’re taking part in April Squares and find your images are dulled after uploading. It’s a free service – tinyPNG – that I use to compress images before uploading them to my blog. (If you want to compress more than 20 at a time, there’s a fee.) There are lots of good reasons to compress images – they’ll load more quickly and be more accessible for people with slower connections. But the reason I’m mentioning it now is that after running them through tinyPNG, images seem to keep more of their brightness when uploaded to WordPress. It’s worth a try!