One of the blessings and bonuses of volunteer work with the Edmonton Naturalization Group is not only learning about Native plant species but also seeing first hand nature at it finest. The Low Milkweed is pretty well eaten and I heard mention that someone counted 71 Monarch Caterpillars, wow, that a bountiful blessing. Most of the caterpillars have left to find safe place to morph so hopefully in a few weeks time there will be many more Monarchs flitting about.
Monarch Caterpillar munching down on Low Milkweed.
Monarch Butterfly sipping on Meadow Blazing Star.
We just put a few of these in our Native garden this week, I just love the curly blossoms.
Top view of Meadow Blazing Star.
Natures many blessings is the variety of colors and shapes.
Yellow on yellow, Gaillardia and Meadow Arnica.
We put in an Arnica plant near our native sunflowers but the torrential rains and hail we received
destroyed the plant on its first night in the garden, sigh!
Giant Hyssops, looking like glorious mauve fringe waving in the breeze at the ENG Garden plot.
The seeds are prolific so there are plenty of little plants self starting in our Native Garden where we planted some last fall. I don't mind as they will help fill the bare spots and the bees and bumblebees seem to love them. As an added bonus I'm told they are from the mint family and can be used for tea. I will have to look that up.
Western Wild Bergamot
I read that we have been mislead in believing that pollen from this plant causes hay-fever, apparently the pollen is heavy and not easily airborne.
I found a well-loved book at a library sale on wildflowers across the prairies by F.R. Vance, J.R. Jowsey and J.S. Mclean. The pages are all separated from the binding though luckily for me amazingly all the pages are accounted for. This book is great for learning to identify some of our native plants.