… as in our Bees & Blooms
It has been a wet spring and early summer here in Vermont. But over the past couple of weeks the rain has abated a bit and the sun has shown itself for more than a few days now. In short, an idyllic Vermont summer has come to us. One result is that our mid-summer flowers have popped into bloom. And with their blossoms have come many of our favorite 6-legged friends – the Pollinators.
Except for the more skittish butterflies, these flower-friendly insects are not easily frightened of close encounters with humans and their apparatuses. And of course, the flowers don’t care either. The only time they shrink from you is when the wind is at your back. As such, one can get one’s camera and tripod quite close. Taking advantage of the full sun and warm temperatures, I mounted my close-up lens on the camera and got out to the front yard for a few photos of this mutually beneficial inter-dependency between species. There is a lesson here.
Photos of our B&B are at: Pollinators & Flowers
One of our front gardens is a small Liatris bed. Not just Liatris but Coneflowers are there as well. But it really seems to be the Liatris that the bumble bees go after. Standing among the Liatris, I marveled at all the life buzzing around me. Something comforting sharing that space with all the active bees. Not what I would consider a swarm but enough to be encouraged to know that not all bees have disappeared. Yet. And it is hoped that our pesticide free wildflower gardens will help them to truly thrive.
|Our Liatris Bed|
Around our yard we have other small plots planted with various, mostly native wildflowers and shrubs. Part of this never-ending game to eliminate more and more of the lawn.
Here are a couple more photos from around the yard.
|Some of our Coneflowers.|
Notice the freshly mowed lawn.
Wish it would stay that way.
|Front Entrance "Coreopsis" and more garden.|
|We planted the Coreopsis.|
The Violas came on their own
to add more color.
To note, I am not an entomologist. I can usually tell a beetle from a butterfly, though not always a butterfly from a moth. So if there are any insect specialists out there who can identify the pollinators in these photos, please let me know.