Take a look at the bees and butterflies enjoying our pollinator plants. Next year, we will create four pollinator beds filled with plants the bees, butterflies and birds find appealing.
If you want to be part of the buzz, let me know. We will need help planning, purchasing and planting seeds and transplants that have been donated. If you have plants that are suitable for this endeavor, let me know.
We have two holding beds in the gardens with perennials that will be planted for the pollinators next Spring. But, we could use liatris, butterfly weed and echinacea to name a few. Can you help?
Kay S. took this image of a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed plant in her raised bed.
Monarchs have been on the decline due to extreme weather conditions that devastated monarch populations, loss of habitat and use of herbicides. Planting milkweed helps support these fluttering beauties as they need milkweed to survive. Their caterpillars, like the one pictured, only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.). Monarch butterflies seek out milkweed plants to lay their eggs.
In the gardens this July, I spotted about a handful of Monarchs in total. Next year, why don’t we plant a bed of milkweed to support monarch populations and their migration? What do you think?