|Phlox pilosa dominates and there are other plants for pollinators
|Phlox pilosa, Senecio aureus and Dodecatheon meadia
|Green Time in the garden
I feel like the adoring mother of the delightful, unruly child, who's running amok at the party. "He did what! Isn't he adorable! I exclaim as I notice that several salvia have been overrun. I love them anyway. Each summer, I wait patiently through the Green Time (mid summer when all is green) for them to bloom and then dance and shout with joy when they finally open their golden petals to the day.
|Emerald Wavy Lined Moth cat disguised as a petal
I want the garden to be more than a golden sea of Black Eyed Susans. I want it to be a haven for wildlife. So, each spring I edit and weed. Letting the Susans remain growing where nothing else can grow. Over the limestone bedrock that hides a few inches below the soil...Tucking plants that need deeper soil here and there between the Susans. Plants that will survive, plants that support wildlife and plants that make me smile.
|Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
|'Summer Sorbet' caryopteris
Or, Gaura lindheimeri 'Passionate Rainbow'; with its wands of delicate flowers.
Or, the dozens of other plants that will provide for visiting pollinators from early spring to late fall.
In my garden that means from February through late November.
|Collinsia verna, a native winter annual
I am so glad I don't have to choose just one plant!
This post is part of a series on native pollinators in the garden
Now Is The Time To Bee-gin Thinking About Bees ( here)
Pollinators Come In all Shapes and Sizes (here)
Other posts on pollinators:
This Is The Place To Bee ( here)
Bumblebee Hotel (here)
Still Taking Care Of Bzzness (here)
My Sweet Embraceable You (here)
A Splendid Creature For Your Garden (here)
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.