An incredibly beautiful monarch butterfly hovered over a neighbor’s garden as I walked past. She chose to explore the autumn joy sedum, walking around on the flat umbels and fluttering from one to another, but with her wings closed so I could only get the side. Beautiful still. Polka dots.
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Not a wildflower this time, but one of my favorite garden annuals, Autumn Joy Sedum. Just the way the sun shone on the flower umbels in the morning light they looked like a hilly mountain range covered with colored trees, reminiscent of spring.
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Autumn is known for its brilliant reds and golds, not necessarily pink, but I love the slightly faded shades of pink in autumn, the Autumn Joy Sedum a soft rose and even the late summer phlox losing the edge of its magenta in the softer autumn sunshine as it leans down to mingle, green leaves relaxing their color too.