Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Garlic.  Poppies.  Angelica.  Forest.  With one foxtail lily yet to bloom and a little bit of fennel too.  And weeds.

Almost every single person who visits the garden at this time of the year asks me what this plant is.  Angelica!! It's tall with big round flowers, it smells really nice and is always buzzing with many different varieties of happy pollinators.  You can't help but notice it.

There seem to be a lot of honey bees in the garden this year.  Native bees and Bumble Bees too....everything is buzzing from early morning to evening!  They all love Angelica.  The swallowtail butterfly caterpillars really love it.  Lots of green lacewings hang out here and lay their eggs on the leaves and those larvae eat lots of aphids and other problem garden pests.  This plant helps make the garden healthy!

Looking into an angelica stalk.  Pretty colour.

Bee visiting Poppy.

It feels like summer is here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Another lilac bouquet.  The last one of the season.  
With purple smoke bush, clematis flower buds and vines, cardoon leaves and grasses.