The other day, I had a guest in my garden that referred to the garden as "magical". I never thought of my garden as magical until several days later. Yesterday I walked out into the garden with my watering can to water some plants that I had transplanted earlier in the day. I was surprised when I walked into that section of the garden to find it was full of butterflies. There were about two dozen butterflies fluttering around the garden. It was a breezy day and they were resting on plants or fluttering around in groups of three to five. I couldn't believe my eyes. I went back to the house and got my camera and returned to the garden. I spent nearly an hour watching the butterflies and taking pictures. I felt like Snow White in the Disney film surround by butterflies. I was amazed at how close they came to me and I even had one sit on my shoe.
I did some research on the butterflies and found that they were Painted Ladies and Red Admirals. They were mating and searching out their mates. I am really glad they came to my garden because it was a spectacular show to watch. It seems that they were attracted to some of the weeds that are growing near my garden as larval food.
After the butterfly incident in my garden, I have decided that maybe my garden really is a magical garden!