I wanted to participate in this carnival as insects are such an integral part of the garden but it seems I have some difficulty both photographing and identifying bugs in my garden so I decided instead of doing separate posts on each insect I would instead take a walk through my very new garden (we're in year 2!) and see what plants were attracting insects. Not all plants are created equal and some are more beloved of insects than others. What I discovered was an assortment of insects and just a few favoured plants.
Last year I noted several blogs that mentioned Borage was a favoured plant among pollinators. Planting Borage will encourage pollinators to visit and also pollinate your vegetables as well. So in my spring seed order Borage was added to the list and I have not been disappointed. Over the last month these flowers have been attracting insects of all sorts, from black wing moths to honey bees.
At least I believe this is a honey bee. and this is the reason why I'm identifying plants instead of insects in this post!
Another favoured plant has been the oregano or marjoram. I brought home two of these plants from the plant sale this spring and have made several pasta dishes with the tasty fresh leaves. The plants have gone to flower in the past couple weeks and I'm quite captivated by the pretty pink blooms.
I had no idea they would be so pretty. And the pollinators think so too as this plant is constantly buzzing with excited insects like this large bumble bee above and the fly below.
A plant that always seems to have a lot of action is my Darwin's Blue Speedwell. I have two of these plants, purchased last summer, and the tall spikes of tiny purple flowers are a big hit.
Another new to me this year plant is Sea Holly or Eryngium maritimum. No one wanted these plants at the plant sale. Can you imagine? Okay, well they looked a bit depressed at the time, half way dead in fact. Sea hollies don't like being transplanted but I knew with a little care they would be glorious. Sure enough they are blooming and buzzing now in August.
A bit of a surprise was the chamomile. I grew this last year and don't really remember it being a big hit but this year it seems to be the happening spot in town, especially for the lady bugs.
|How many lady bugs do you count?|
|Not just the ladybugs enjoyed these flowers|
|The stink bugs are back!|