Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fireworks That Feed the Fauna

Flowers are like slow-motion fireworks, rising up, up, then bursting forth in radiant colors. Hardly noticing the slow build, I was surprised at the sudden unleashing of color soon after the official onset of summer. Behind the purple coneflowers in the photo are the red of beebalm and the white spires of bottlebrush buckeye, whose tubular flowers have been attracting sphinx moths and hummingbirds.

The 4th of July fireworks were impressive, particularly when reflected in Lake Carnegie,

but the slow bloom of a garden has more lasting appeal. It's also more edible, at least for the pollinators. Buttonbush, a favorite of bumblebees, is doing a pretty good imitation of fireworks. Tall meadowrue and Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra) have been adding clouds of white and pink.

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