My Pollinator’s Garden – One Year Later

 

my pollinator's garden

I promised to update you all with pics from my pollinator’s garden.  For those not familiar with what that is you can go here and here to see how this bed got started.  Well it will soon be a year since I decided to dedicate this bed to all the pollinators out there fluttering around.  Has the flowerbed met my expectations?  Yes!  As gorgeous as this bed has become, it’s also had it’s share of issues.

Some of my perennials took a hit this spring because of the amount of rain my area received.  To make things worse, we had a wetter than usual Summer, too.  While some of my plants didn’t seem to mind the extra rain, some were really suffering.  I was able to alleviate the soggy conditions by building up the bed and almost every plant reacted positively to that.  As a matter of fact, I only lost one plant after the improvements I made to the bed.

Are you ready for some pollinator’s garden pics?

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

The bees LOVE the rudbeckia!  I’ve even spotted some goldfinches grabbing seeds for a quick snack.

Butterflies!

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

Caterpillars!

my pollinator's garden

my pollinator's garden

I actually have three types of milkweed in this garden; common, swamp and butterfly weed.  The common and butterfly weed see all the action though.

Bees!

my pollinator's garden

my pollinator's garden

Happy Plants!

my pollinator's garden

Unfortunately the deer like to visit the garden and eat some of my favorites.  They’re faves are the coneflowers, shasta daisies, viburnum and hibiscus.

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

 

my pollinator's garden

The garden has successfully drawn in plenty of bees and butterflies and we’ve seen wrens and finches hanging out, too.  I really wanted to expand the garden but I may rework some of my other ones instead.  As a matter of fact, the hubs is looking to install a bigger pond (I tried to get him to put it beside this bed but we decided to put it where our current one is now) so I’ll need to redo the flowerbed around it.

I love walking into this garden, checking the milkweed each day or pulling weeds here and there.  Seeing what it’s become is my greatest reward.  What’s your favorite part of gardening?

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