I did not need help identifying the Ambush Bug on a plant found in meadows, yet in my front garden, Veronica. Is this not a homely looking couple above? The female bug is looking into the camera too, as it was only six inches in front of her face. Is she smiling?
I was not going to do a post today because my post Bee Bombing is doing so well, but I posed a question to an entomologist. I asked her to define a meadow and the actual habitat that it provides for whole communities of insects. I explained that my front garden has many plants that could be found in natural meadows in very limited number, but how it would never be an actual meadow just by the sheer scale of the area devoted to such plants. I feel that it is such a strong article that I want to share it with readers here.
Just in case you wanted a closer view. They are small bugs, so I was lucky to spot them.
I am always looking for professionals in related fields to weigh in on this subject. My post The Native Melting Pot of Plants, What Goes, has always been a popular post. In that post I discussed the current trend of urban meadows with a horticulturist. So this time I wanted to see what a naturalist might say. Rather than interview her, I asked that she do a post so I would in no way influence her in any manner. Being a scientist, that would be unlikely anyway, but I wanted her totally impartial. Also, I was prepared to have her totally disagree with my position in my post on Urban Meadows and Native Plants.
So if you want to see what a true biologist would say, please have a look at her post, Apples to Oranges: Urban Meadows. She did a very thoughtful post and her take on meadows may surprise you. Please leave her a comment too.
My meadow plant, Monarda.
My next post is a tour of the The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. And I have a surprise, I am going to show you a schematic project I did of a children’s garden and art center. I rarely show my architectural work, so you will see a little about me. Then Sunday night, another Open Garden post. This one you have seen before, but it is one that is truly worth a second look.
Now off to Apples to Oranges, Urban Meadows.