Plant, and They Will Come

The hummingbirds and bees love wild geraniums
The hummingbirds and bees love wild geraniums

How can we help our pollinating wildlife? If everyone added just a few native plants to their yard it would make a big difference to help bees, butterflies, and birds stay healthy. I love spring plants and love the bees, butterflies and birds they bring.  Because we don’t use chemicals our yard is pollinator friendly.

Pussy toes add texture and interest, and are hosts to the American lady butterfly
Pussy toes add texture and interest, and are hosts to the American lady butterfly

This time of year we are share and transplant our plants to other people’s gardens. I am thrilled to be able to spread these bee and butterfly magnets to anyone who will love them.

This morning we had chickadees building nests(front and back yards), wrens building nests in two house(they couldn’t decide on one), three bunnies, and a hungry hummingbird. This is an end of May view of some of the best pollinator native plants blooming now in our Minneapolis yard:

The native columbine is a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
The native columbine is a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and people!
The golden Alexander is a host to the black swallow tail butterfly
The golden Alexander is a host to the black swallow tail butterfly
Bees love the spiderwort
Bees love the spiderwort
The Painted lady butterflies have laid eggs on these pearly everlasting.
The Painted lady butterflies have laid eggs on these pearly everlasting.

 

 

Canada anemone
Canada anemone

Violets(hosts for the fritillary butterflies) Virginia waterleaf, and many other groundcover also are blooming
 

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/