Thursday, September 15, 2016

Native Pollinator Garden Update (14 and 15 SEP 2016)

Yesterday afternoon I photographed the Native Pollinator Garden at the Saginaw Chippewa Academy.  This year was a transition year for this garden.  The portable classroom that bordered it on the west was removed this spring.  This meant that the garden no longer gets water running off the roof and it is exposed to full sun for the entire day.  I was not sure how it would react to the changes.

Native plants are tough.  Most of them took the changes in stride, with no obvious ill effects. A few plants were noticeably shorter than in previous years, but everything survived.  Here are some pictures.

Looking north into the garden - the portable classroom used to be on the left

Honey bees were very abundant
Looking east toward the school - the bright yellow flower is Cup Plant

Butterflyweed explodes into seeds

Blue Vervain flowers

A wasp with a millipede it has captured

Culver's Root leaves

Cup Plant leaves

This morning (15 September), I stopped at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum to take a few photographs of their Native Pollinator Garden.  This garden is wild looking right now!  I love seeing how these gardens evolve from year to year.

Native Pollinator Garden at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum
Stiff Goldenrod is in bloom

Native grasses sprawl into the walkway

Prairie Dock silhouetted against the sky

A few Prairie Dock flowers remain in bloom

The tall plants to the right are Evening Primrose which is threatening to take over the garden

Asters are just beginning to bloom

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