Monarda is for Pollinators – Bee Balm is the BOMB!

Hummingbird-FeedingScarlet bee balm, Monarda didyma, is a pollinator favorite in the garden. The red bloom of bee balm makes it especially attractive to hummingbirds. Red-flowering natives are few, but it is a mid-summer delight to gardeners who like seeing the hustle-bustle of life in the garden. It certainly is hard-working in my garden. Watching the plant for fifteen minutes around 11am on a scorching, hot July day, you can see the activity it draws. Continue reading

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It’s a Small World Out There – Swallowtail Caterpillars and Teeny Ants

Ant

More a photography exploration than anything else in the photos, but it is a look at the very tiny in the garden. Tiny black garden ants are 0.118 inches long or less than 1/8 inch. I saw these ants on the dill eating pollen and thought they would make a good photo subject for my 105mm macro lens. It is a hard lens to hand hold, but I was too lazy to set up the tripod for an ant. But cute little ants are not what I was looking for on the dill… read on. Continue reading

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Are Bumblebees Back in My Garden?

Bee-on-orange-Zinnia

I hope so, and thank the zinnia for feeding those fuzzy-butt bees. I think this is a female Common Eastern Bumblebee, Bombus impatiens. It is big and fuzzy.

Orange-Zinnia-Bee

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