Lining our sidewalk at the lake were Virginia Sweetspire, lovely native shrubs beloved by all manner of butterflies and bees, praying mantis and spiders. One chilly morning in autumn I went out to find gulf fritillaries clinging to dangling seedpods waiting for the sun to come out. Chilled, they were captive for my lens. I must plant more Virginia Sweetspire. They colonize so do be careful where you plant them. They love moist soils and are perfect for stream beds, ponds and creeks and help control erosion. They are also stunningly beautiful in the spring with long white floral tassels.
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