|Salvia "Oxford Blue" A stunning plant!|
Fennel, parsley and milkweeds are larval hosts for Swallowtails and Monarchs respectively, and as a volunteer for the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, I have spent the last four years adding many Long Island Ecotypic plants to the mix. To make room for these, I have extirpated aggressive and invasive plants that provided no wildlife value. If it doesn't attract buzz or flutter, it wont grow here for long..
|Salvia cocinea provides dramatic accents.|
|Little Wood Satyr, Megisto cymela. New to me and to the garden.|
|Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele, a first for the garden.|
|Tiger Swallowtail, papilio glaucus, a little the worse for wear.|
|Black Swallowtails , Papilo polyxenes, breed in the garden every year.|
Here, nectaring on Long Island ecotypic Asclepias tuberosa, aptly named "Butterfly Weed".
Silver Spotted Skipper, Epargyrus clarus, were the only plentiful butterflies.
|Even Cabbage Whites, Pieris rapae , were scarce this year.|
|Northern Pearl Crescent, Phyciodes selenis.|
|Only two Monarchs, Danus plexippus, were spotted, |
here nectaring here on native Liatris aspera.
|Hummingbird attraction tower (top of an eight foot trellis).|
|By far the favorite was Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis.|
|Enjoying some Cardinal Climber nectar (Ipomea sloteri)|
|Red was the preferred color, but they were pretty in pink.|
|Enjoying a sip of Agastache species|
|There was one feeder, but natural foods were greatly preferred.|
|A favorite perch was the pea trellis.|
|This is not a Hummingbird.. |
Strawberry Clearwing Moth, Heymeris thysbe.
|This is not a Hummingbird either, teeny, tiny Bufo americanus.|
|A young Bluejay, Cyanosita cristata. |
Many fledged in the woods surrounding the garden,
encouraged by plentiful feeders.
|"All good things must end someday..|
|Autmn leaves must fall"...|
|Same time next year?|
If people were superior to animals, they would take care of the world~ Winnie the Pooh