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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Flowers, pollinators, and fruit

Swallowtail visits mtn mint

Buckeye also has a fondness for mint...

Other pollinators...

While we're on the subject of pollinators, this cut-leaf coneflower is also drawing a big crowd...

 The clasping heliotrope is always a big crowd pleaser...


Crinums!

 phlox and swallowtail
 joe pye and swallowtail
Lantana and tiger swallowtail

 Sassafras drupes... just before the mocking birds and brown thrashers ate them... took very little time to completely strip the tree... They made quite a racket... swooping in and grabbing fruit seemingly in mid-flight!
bird in sassafras tree....

Flat woods plum (Prunus umbellata)
These plums look mouth-watering... But... they aren't good until the tree drops them... If you're into brushing the sand off them... they aren't bad.

White rose of sharon...

Finally... a new section of the veg garden... caged tomatoes, watermelons, and glass gem corn showing.

 

4 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth Hart said...

Love the wildlife in your garden. Is that mint the same thing as bee balm?

July 23, 2014 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Flower Freak said...

You got great pics of your pollinators and your flowers are amazing! Isn't it wonderful to see the beautiful result of your labor? You have great trees to feed the birds! Did you plant them or were they already there?

July 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Gardens-In-The-Sand said...

@ Elizabeth...
Mtn mint... (Pycnanthemum sp.) is a very different thing from bee balm (monarda sp.)
But... I do make a mint tea from both...

@ Flower Freak...
I've planted a lot of trees... But the sassafras and flat woods plum are naturals.

July 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM  
OpenID southernruralroute said...

Everything looks good! I have a solid white Rose of Sharon but I like yours with the red center better.

July 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM  

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