(in case you are wondering why purple, I bought two plants with blue flowers that have now changed to pink and green, so while the new flowers are trying to come in blue, the pink is winning out).
I live near wonderful trails through woods (I can't wait for the leaves to start changing color), and a creek.
While I was walking along I saw purple thistle (unfortunately no butterflies were around--I haven't seen many butterflies at all this year),
I also thought this would be a good time to share my fairy garden now--it has gone a bit wild:
The fairy now has some guests for tea--a monarch butterfly flutters on the verbena above,
while a tiny frog hides under the mini petunias.
The petunias barely bloomed this summer, but all of the sudden they seem to have bounced back!