If You Plant it…

they will come.

My pollinator garden is my field of dreams. I started it last summer as soon as we had a slew of overgrown Leland Cypress trees removed from the middle of the back yard. I fought with the weeds and the heavy clay soil. I planted several butterfly bushes, black eyed Susans, Coneflowers, Veronica, Joe Pye Weed, etc. I learned that southern weeds are much more aggressive than northern Michigan weeds. Plus lots of them have thorns.

Most of my perennials came back this spring. The weeds were quickly overtaking them. I found a great landscaper who cleaned the beds, put down landscape cloth and bark dust. What a difference. I am continuing to fill in with new plants. I came home from the nursery yesterday with more two varieties of Crocosmia (for the hummingbirds), Phlox and Coreopsis. I hope to plant them tomorrow since its nearly 90 degrees this afternoon.

It doesn’t look like much from a distance (the deck) but enough is blooming to attract the pollinators. The butterflies, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths have all shown up as well as several variety of bees. In the fall we’ll move some the rhododendrons to allow for more light–and more space for flowers.

Butterfly weed, Joe Pye Weed, Veronica and dwarf goldenrod all blooming.
Black eyed Susans and Purple Coneflower, three butterfly bushes

This is is what I hope a corner of it will look like next summer:

If You Plant it 18″ x 24″

I hope to find out if it will be selected to travel with the “Backyard Escape” exhbit.


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2 responses to “If You Plant it…

  1. clairan



  2. deb

    Nothing like watching a garden grow and prosper. Lovely quilt!

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