Monday, June 29, 2015

Blooms & Edible Columbus

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:

Great-spangled Fritillary:

Crossline Skipper:

Eastern Bumble Bee on Butterflyweed:

Hover Fly:

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.


  1. Common milkweed is blooming along the CCT at Inniswood and has been making my afternoon jogs much more delightful:) - Cindy

    1. Sweet! That fragrance is something I can't get enough of. Kudos to you on your afternoon are dedicated!

  2. HOW wonderful...everything looks amazing, and I can't think of a better couple to have such a tribute in the Edible Columbus than you guys!! Is the Butterfly weed something you seeded I adore it, it does grow here and we see less and less...would love to try to grow it.

    1. Hey Sondra - Thanks so much! :) Yes, the butterflyweed is one we seeded a few years ago. We have lots of little babies growing now if they can withstand all our crazy rain this summer. They are pretty easy to grow as long as you put them where you want them in the sunshine and don't put them in saturated soils. It's such an awesome color...we adore it!

  3. Ya'll are famous! :-) Will you have any plants available for purchase when we visit next week?

    1. Yes, we do have some that will be ready when you come!


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