Life in an Urban Garden

Spiderwort are blooming

Spider-wort are blooming

Everything is green and lush.  Everyone loves their yard in June. Whether you have a grass turf yard or native plants, urban yards are beautiful.  How can you create a vibrant living landscape with a more friendly tilt to pollinators?

I watch the monarch butterflies and the swallow tiger tail and hope they leaving eggs as

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

they flit around. The painted lady butterflies have deposited egg fuzz on the pearly everlasting making them look wilted and sick.  In just a short time the caterpillars will emerge and the pearlys will be normal and healthy.  Hopefully, the cycle will continue and new butterflies will live long enough to plant more eggs. Birds eat these butterflies.

The native Canada Anemone is blooming now!

The native Canada Anemone is blooming now!

The columbine and the wild geranium have almost completed their blooms, but the Canada Anemone and the spider-wort are magnificent!

We are digging our rain gardens deeper and wider.  Then we plant blazing star, cardinal-flower, and turtle head to the bottom of these rain capturing gardens. The butterflies, bees and hummingbirds will love these new additions.

See the article below for ways you can  create a vibrant living landscape with a more friendly tilt to pollinators:  http://www.startribune.com/planting-with-pollinators-in-mind/306646301/  

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