I thought I would share some images of the Happy Acres summer flowers that are blooming now. First up is the Becky Shasta daisy. It’s a lovely bloomer that butterflies like but the deer don’t!
Nearby Becky is the Jubilee rugosa rose. We grow these for the hips, but in this case the deer usually get them before we do. Bees love the flowers too, as do other insects. The bumble bee in the below photo just wouldn’t sit still!
Over in the slope garden, it’s a sea of Rudbeckia flowers, plus a few white and purple coneflowers.
And speaking of coneflowers, over in the Wild Garden the purple ones (Echinacea purpurea) have been blooming non-stop for a couple of months now.
Blooming nearby is Ratibida pinnata, sometimes called the grey-head coneflower. The butterflies and bees love it and the Echinacea.
Also in the Wild Garden the Allium ‘Millenium’ is just starting to flower. They resemble chive blossoms, but bloom much later in the season. They are just as popular with the beneficial insects and butterflies as the chives are. I try and put a variety of plants in the Wild Garden to attract a wide variety of butterflies, pollinators and other beneficial insects, and birds. I plan on doing a feature on it soon.
I’ll close with another butterfly favorite that is just now flowering, Joe-Pye weed. This flower is anything but a weed here.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at some the flowers we have blooming now. I’ll be back soon with more adventures!