Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Compared to a bee, a butterfly’s proboscis and legs are longer and farther away from a flower’s pollen; less pollen collects on its body parts than it does on bees, but still they are effective pollinators. And they certainly add to the beauty of our garden as they flit from flower to flower.
Black Swallowtail (photo by Suzanne Church)
Up at dawn, those early-riser squash bees are doing a great job pollinating our many squash plants!
Bee on bee balm
Creation of our pollinator garden has brought greater consciousness to the amazing industry of pollinators and the interplay of plants, pollinators, and people. The service they provide, day after day, pollinating our tomatoes, peppers, squashes, etc., is fascinating and makes us more aware of the importance of providing them with food and shelter and protecting them from pesticides.
Bee on echinacea
Tiny bee on sunflower – coordinated colors
Bees love the borage!
The organic herb garden at Canillas is available to all gardeners. Here you will find chives, thyme, sage, basil, parsley, tarragon, dill, oregano, and other herbs. Helen Brody, an adventurous cook who has been tending the garden, suggests: “Try several chopped fresh herbs generously sprinkled over a salad, over olive oil-tossed pasta.” Feel free to experiment!
A woman with a shopping bag was spotted, going from bed to bed, taking vegetables from Canillas gardens. Did she misunderstand the meaning of “community” in community garden? We are putting up signs to make it clear. As if there were not challenge enough with our resident woodchuck family!