The Havens has become quite the pollinators’ delight. Now that we have three colonies of honeybees living on the place, there aren’t many places you can look without seeing them at work.
This is a bouquet I picked just Tuesday morning, walking around the place and selecting things that were all fresh and new. I took this up to the hospital to keep my mother company while she recovers from the knee replacement surgery she had Monday.
Beginning from the bottom of the bouquet and proceeding clockwise, we have clematis, skullcap, hosta, coreopsis (2 kinds), yarrow, purple bachelor’s buttons, lavender, great reed, coral bells, bluebells, white asiatic lily, butterfly weed.
Out on the lavender bed yesterday there was a zebra swallowtail disporting itself and hugely enjoying the nectar from the blooms.
Notice its very long swallow tails. This butterfly was hard to capture due to its very peripatetic nature. This next shot captures the red eyes at the base of the outer lower wings. In this shot, a cabbage worm butterfly flits through the frame.
I spoke of the lamb’s ears the other day. The honey bees have moved on to the butterfly weed, but the native bumblebees are still busy at the lamb’s ears.
This is why it is called lamb’s ears. It truly is just as soft as it looks in the picture.
Here is one of the many shots I got the other day of the butterfly weed playing cafe to the honeybees.
The broadiae is blooming right now. It isn’t very popular with the pollinators, but it seems like a little piece of sky broke off and fell to the ground. I love it.
Not all my poppies are red. Here is a pink one, volunteering in the herb garden, floating above one of the asiatic lilies that is going crazy right now.
That’s not all that is going on around The Havens, but it certainly gives you a good idea of what is happening.