Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Today in the Pollinator Garden

by Carol Kagan, Franklin County Master Gardener

Stopping by to check on the herb garden I strolled through the pollinator garden today. Here's what's happening there this lovely morning. Lots of blooms and nectar sources surround the water fountain.
July 31, 2013 Pollinator Garden
Bees working happily on a variety of flowers. Some can be seen with their scopa (think saddlebags) full of pollen.

Bee carrying pollen in the scopa on the legs

Bee in the blossom tentatively ID'd as a squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa)
Also seen was an eastern blue-tailed butterfly. My photo is with wings closed as they rarely rest with them open. A reference photo shows the beautiful blue seen as they flit about.
Some plants are set to send out the next set of blooms to provide nectar in the near future.
Giant chives and sedum ready to bloom
 "The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” ~  Saint John Chrysostom
Thanks to Laurie Collins and to all who help with the Pollinator Garden.

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