Happy Independence Day to the USA! As it’s vacation week and my mind is currently on all things outdoors, I’m going to keep today’s posting short and simply highlight some native plants that are buzzing right now with pollinator activity on our small farm in central Massachusetts. Right now, the most popular place for pollinators is the New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) which is alive with an incredible variety of pollinator species, including small butterflies, moths, predatory beetles, hover (syrphid) flies, parasitic wasps along with native bees of every shape and size :
To learn more about this short and lovely eastern native shrub, read my yesterday’s posting at BeautifulWildlifeGarden.com.
A few weeks ago, all the pollinator action was on the Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus), aka Bride’s Feathers, which is a perennial plant native to the eastern US from Pennsylvania to Indiana south to Arkansas and NC, as well as in the west from British Columbia to Alaska south to Oregon and California. The detail in this photo doesn’t do justice to the sheer volume of tiny pollinators that covered these flower plumes:
Goatsbeard is an excellent tall plant for a partly-shaded woodland edge in fairly moist soil. Read more about goatsbeard at my June posting at BeautifulWildlifeGarden.com
Enjoy summer and take some slow and quiet time outdoors to look closely for pollinators in your gardens! As long as you don’t disturb them, they are not likely to sting you, and once you watch for a while, you’ll be amazed at the drama and life played out every day inside even one plant. Beware - identifying the visitors to a wildlife garden is addictive and may lead you into a lifelong fascination with how nature keeps itself in balance when we don’t interfere!
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