A garden of many native plants, geared to the feeding and protection of wildlife, provides entertainment and delight, and a hope for continued biodiversity.
Clematis, Salvia cocinea (native), Stella D'oro Daylilly
|It's summer..aren't you a Spring Azure?|
|Yes! A Spring Azure, summer form! Celastrina argiolus.|
On Hydrangea buds.
|Tiger Swallotails arrive Papilio glaucus.|
|Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata opens. |
This native milkweed attracts many pollinators,
and is a Monarch larval host.
|Black Swallowtail, Papilio polyxenes.|
They breed here, on Parsley and Bronze Fennel
|Every butterfly garden needs larval hosts. |
Not just nectar plants
|Finally! The Ruby Throated females arrive!|
The "Hummingbird Beacon" sports Scarlet Runner Bean,
Cardinal Climber and Hyacinth Bean Vine in order of bloom.
|Zinnias are native to Mexico.|
|Once native Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis blooms|
it is the Hummingbird's favorite!
|Native plants tend to bloom later in the season.|
I've yet to succeed in attracting spring hummers.
|I never knew Borage attracted hummers. |
Borage officinalis self-seeds every year.
It is a mediterranean native, which has naturalized.
|Garden impression. Zinnia and Cardinal flower.|
|Beebalm, Monarda genus,|
is also a favorite native plant of Hummingbirds
|Tattered Silver Spotted Skipper|
|Isn't this more fun than a lawn??|
|Birds fledged in the garden. Blue Jay, Cyanocita cristata.|
|Grumpy Cardinal fledgling. Cardinalis cardinalis|
|Sunflowers feed the bees.|
|Then the Goldfinches.|
|Late July now, Echinacea purpea bloom.|
|A tattered American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis|
|Liatris ligustylis opens. Liatris genus is a favorite native of pollinators.|
A West Virginia White, Pieris virginiensis, has landed.
|August! The Monarchs finally arrive!|
On Liatris aspera
|I hold my breath every year until they arrive!|
There was a mating pair this year!
|A Great Spangled Fritillary, Speria cybele on New York Iron Weed, Veronia noveboracensis.|
A Fritillary is a rarity in this garden!
|Summer winds down.|
|I am tattered and torn..|
|See you next year..|
To paraphrase Sara Stein.. Our gardens are now the Ark.
Please plant for wildlife!