|Gaillardia aristata, Blanket Flower|
"Five years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of the final week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort."
I thought in celebration of pollination I would take a break from posts about plastic removal and compost and bring everyone some beautiful photos of what's getting pollinated in our yard. Remember, a year ago (left) none of these plants were here. To a hummingbird, bee, butterfly or moth our former yard was basically a suburban nectarless desert. Now, thanks to a little help from Slow the Flow, it's dessert! All photos are from my garden, enjoy! (click on them to enlarge)
|Asclepias incernata, swamp milkweed in the monarch waystation about to explode in color|
|Ceanothus americanus, New Jersey Tea, getting ready to be in full flower. I have been desperately searching for this shrub and just found it this weekend at Garden in the Woods! Everybody should have this in their garden: it tolerates poor, dry soil, fixes nitrogen and is a buffet for butterflies. I bought four!|
|Heuchera sanguinea, coral bells, blooming in the shade border|
|Penstemon digitalis, Beardtongue, a favorite of our|
|Coreopsis lanceolata "Tickseed" in the sun border|
|Flower stalk of foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia,|
a beautiful shady groundcover.
|Penstemon and Achillea millefolium,|
|Bee pollinating my common yarrow|
|Anemone canadensis, another great shade plant.|
|A pea flower|
|Even tomatoes provide food for pollinators|