Early Summer 2023 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 mid-June through mid-July. There were over 80 species in bloom in mid-July!

Click here for links to all the seasonal photo collections.

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Culver's root, coneflowers, and bee balm.

Culver’s root, coneflowers, and bee balm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Monarch nectaring on tall blazing star

Monarch nectaring on tall blazing star. Photo by Debbie Roos.

nectar secreted from the extrafloral nectaries on the petiole of a purple passionflower leaf.

Nectar secreted from the extrafloral nectaries on the petiole of a purple passionflower leaf. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina anole on rattlesnake master.

Carolina anole on rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on oxeye daisy.

Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee on oxeye daisy. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on Dutchman's pipe.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on Dutchman’s pipe. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Hoary skullcap backed by culver's root.

Hoary skullcap backed by culver’s root. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Florida predatory stink bug feeding on a lady beetle on milkweed.

Florida predatory stink bug feeding on a lady beetle on milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Sweet pepperbush with purple coneflower and orange coneflower.

Sweet pepperbush with purple coneflower and orange coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

One of the parking lot island beds.

One of the parking lot island beds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Native annual partridge pea with prairie goldenrod.

Native annual partridge pea with prairie goldenrod. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Spurred butterfly pea vine.

Spurred butterfly pea vine. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Close up of red rose mallow bloom

Close up of red rose mallow bloom. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eastern tiger swallowtail on buttonbush

Eastern tiger swallowtail on buttonbush. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Tall anemones.

Tall anemones. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Green lynx spider feeding on leaf-footed bug nymph.

Green lynx spider feeding on leaf-footed bug nymph. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Carolina wild petunia

Carolina wild petunia. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Virginia mountain mint with prairie poppy mallow and stoke's aster.

Virginia mountain mint with prairie poppy mallow and stoke’s aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Orange coneflower about to unfurl, with stoke's aster.

Orange coneflower about to unfurl, with stoke’s aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Calligrapher fly on dwarf indigo bush

Calligrapher fly on dwarf indigo bush. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Bumble bee on late figwort.

Bumble bee on late figwort. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Blazing star with coneflower and bee balm.

Blazing star with coneflower and bee balm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Blazing star with purple coneflower.

Blazing star with purple coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Scaly blazing star with wild quinine

Scaly blazing star with wild quinine. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Native groundnut vine with Baptisia seed pods.

Native groundnut vine with Baptisia seed pods. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Double-decker bumble bee foraging on obedient plant.

Double-decker bumble bee foraging on obedient plant. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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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 Jul 25, 2023
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