Nevermind the incessant rain, we are beginning to bloom here in Morrow County, Ohio!
The insects are enjoying the blooms as much as us! Here's a Banded Hairstreak and Clover Stem Borer nectaring on Common Daisy (Bellis perennis):
Virginia Ctenucha on Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea):
Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra):
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta):
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium):
The Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is incredible this year. It's everywhere on our property creating these pockets of incredible fragrance. We can't get enough, seriously!
Milkweeds are an important nectar plant for many, many species. Here's a few we've noted this week on Common Milkweed & Butterflyweed:
European Honeybee on Common Milkweed:
Native Leaf-cutter Bee:
Eastern Bumble Bee on Butterflyweed:
And finally, we are thrilled to be included in the most recent edition of Edible Columbus! You can read the article online here. This is always one of our favorite magazines to read since it highlights things close to our hearts: growing, nature, food and the people that live their lives interested and involved in these things.