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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Butterfly in the garden and Graham Thomas rose

Several of these large lovely butterflies were feeding at the fragrant blooming Mock Orange bush about noon today.

Pale Swallowtail (Papilio eurymedon)
According to the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility, the Pale Swallowtail occurs only in southern British Columbia, and flies from April until late July. I saw them for the first time today, June 2, but that is probably because the Mock Orange just began to bloom yesterday, and it is right near the front entrance to the house.

Look at the amazing yellow colour of the Graham Thomas rose. The plant itself is rangy and unattractive, and like many yellow roses, is continually afflicted with blackspot. However, the blossoms make it all worthwhile. A David Austin English shrub rose, it only blooms in the spring.

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