Pinks take on the purples and blues as the season marches on.
Cool color turn hot and feisty. The front garden is shown above. More flowers and many spikes of blue…
I am often not home during this time of year, due to travel, gardenfest duties or work. This year if I stick around more, I will show the garden through the changes. You can note color and plant partners in the groupings.
I said too I would note what the plants the bee are foraging.
The last post from the garden discussed the Wool Carder Bees on Salvia. I notice the bees really like the blues in my garden and the wool carder loves the Salvia. The native bees especially love the sage, both white and blue. The two images below are the Salvia the male Wool Carder bee was protecting.
See the post last year on the White Salvia, Salvia nemorosa ‘Snow Hill’ for Pollinator Week – Get Close to Your Insects. It shows the garden on June 18th. The White Salvia is opened now too. OK, there is a bee in this post, but only a bee butt.
Specialist bees emerge from their nests at the same time their host plant begins to flower, that is why certain flowers are a buzz with bees and not others. Generalist bees go after many types of flowers.
This post is not about the bees though, but the flowers in the garden. And I am expecting a lot of pollinators this year. Bees have picked up since the post, Just Because I Like to See My Bees Big. Flowers are awash in bees since the native bees finally arrived. But, I cannot refrain from showing a few garden visitors that are blue.
I have to admit loving when the dragonflies return. Here are two male Pachydiplax longipennis.
I added some annuals this year like I do most years. The insects love the verbena and Salvia. The cosmos and zinnia should get a few hungry critters.
The peonies keep the ants happy.
Bees love the chives, but I promised no bees.
The garden is in the pink.