The last few weeks my wife and I have been cleaning up and mulching the area we call the Wild Garden. It’s planted with flowers and other plants that are attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators. It’s been quite a while since I shared any photos from this area. Here’s how it looked back in 2009, a couple of years after it was established.
And a photo of how it looked in 2016.
Here’s how it looked earlier this week, partially weeded and mulched.
Some of the same plants from 2009 are still around, like bee balm.
And the Ratibida pinnata (aka grey headed coneflower) from 2016 is still going strong.
There’s still several of the purple coneflowers too (Echinacea purpurea), and they are blooming now.
Other plants like allium Millenium were moved to the Sun Garden. And the Autumn Joy sedum is gone since we got tired of the deer eating it. The purple leaf Picolette sedum is still there, and the pink blossoms are about ready to open.
The native Joe Pye Weed is also starting to bloom. It’s not a real showy plant, but it is a favorite of butterflies.
The Brown Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) plants are also blooming now. It’s taller than the Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) which is also blooming.
And towering up high is the bronze fennel. The feathery leaves are food for the swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at our Wild Garden here in late July. We have several new plants we’re going to add this fall, including Stoke’s Aster, Coreopsis, another Penstemon, more bee balm and a blue-flowered Salvia. I’ll be back soon with more happenings here at Happy Acres!