Pollinators

butterfly and echinacea 020Pollinators are crucial to a garden.  About a third of our food requires pollination.  Think of all those flowering plants that produce a “fruit” for us to eat – peas, beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples, plums, raspberries, strawberries, etc

 

 

anise hyssop bees  050Ken keeps honey bees, and we encourage all pollinators.  We try to have something blooming for them .  Now the anise hyssop is blooming.

 

 

 

 

anise hyssop bees 037It is a buzz with native and honey bees. 

 

 

 

 

 

butterflies three and echinacea 030Yesterday when I went to pick beans the butterflies were on the purple cone flower – echinacea.

 

 

 

 

butterfly and echinacea 029They were just beautiful.  Thank you, pollinators!

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