Early Spring 2022 Snapshots From Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden

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In late 2008, I planted a demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills to provide forage from early spring to late fall for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. The garden features over 225 unique species of perennials, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. The garden is a great teaching tool that I use to conduct workshops and tours for hundreds of folks each year. It has taught me so much and I enjoy sharing this knowledge with others. Below you can see photos of the pollinator garden from early April through mid-May. There are 57 species in bloom in mid-May!

The apple serviceberry and the dwarf fothergilla came into peak bloom in early April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole sunning on a bronze fennel stem in early April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Andrenid mining bees were all over the possumhaw blooms in mid-April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Early instar monarch caterpillars in purple milkweed in late April. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Arkansas blue star, golden alexander, and eastern wild columbine in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Golden columbine, eastern wild columbine, golden alexander, and catmint in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Narrow leaf Carolina phlox with evening primrose in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee foraging on downy wood mint in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Golden columbine, a southwestern native, is a showstopper in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Mountain Indian physic. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Burgundy lanceleaf blanket flower with dwarf wild indigo in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Garden heliotrope, wild indigo, Carolina phlox, downy wood mint, evening primrose, and eastern blue star in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Purple milkweed in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Parking lot island in early May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina lupine in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

White wild indigo in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Parking lot island bed in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee rear on wild indigo showing full pollen baskets on hind legs in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina lupine, wild indigo, eastern ninebark, and garden heliotrope in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Redring milkweed in mid-May. Photo by Debbie Roos.

For more information:

Pollinator Paradise Garden website

What’s in Bloom in the Pollinator Garden – updated bi-weekly!

List of Plants in the Pollinator Garden

Top 25 Native Pollinator Plants for North Carolina

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Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on May 18, 2022
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