Monday, August 02, 2010

Hydrangeas and Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly - watercolor

The tall hydrangeas in my garden are blooming very early this summer. I do not know the name of this variety, but I cut them down to stumps every fall or spring and they grow up to seven feet tall and bloom in a few short months.

Many types of bees, wasps and butterflies are attracted to their large blossoms. One of their visitors every year is a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. It makes a nice contrast to the white flowers.
I've painted it here among blossoms that are just beginning to turn pink at the edges. That is when this hydrangea is at its loveliest!
  • This painting has been sold, but you can contact me for a print if it's one that you'd like.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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