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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-May through mid-June. There were over 60 species in bloom in mid-June!
Everyone is loving the ‘Flamethrower’ redbud we planted in the fall of 2021 to replace the dying Japanese Zelkova tree, myself included! I planted some fall blooming Liatris with it plus dwarf indigo bush and the towering rattlesnake master. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Well-established white wild indigo plants can have up to 100 flower stalks! Photo by Debbie Roos.
Leafcutter bee on white wild indigo. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Bumble bee on ornamental oregano with lanceleaf blanketflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Oakleaf hydrangeas and New Jersey tea with mountain mint in the foreground. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Brown-belted bumble bee on New Jersey tea. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Mating zebra longhorn beetles on yarrow. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Seven-spot lady beetle larva and adult feeding on oleander aphids. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Indian pink likes part shade so does well in a woodland area. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Foxglove beardtongue, purple coneflower, and Carolina lupine. Photo by Debbie Roos.
American lady butterfly on purple coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Bumble bee on ‘Grosso’ lavender. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Oh joy, shouted the bumble bees, the St. John’s wort is blooming! Photo by Debbie Roos.
The bumble bees and leafcutter bees love the bi-color blooms of goatsrue. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Assassin bug feeding on a convergent lady beetle on milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Male brown-belted bumble bee on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Luna moth hanging out on Georgia aster. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Carpenter-mimic leafcutter bee (male) on butterfly weed. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Dwarf indigo bush and lemon bee balm. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Honey bee on dwarf indigo bush. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Pale purple coneflower with nodding onion. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Syrphid fly on coneflower. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar on spicebush. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Bumble bee on purple milkweed. Photo by Debbie Roos.
Bumble bee on basil bee balm. Photo by Debbie Roos.