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Proud to support the Niagara Board of Trade & Commerce golf tournament! Thank you to @lev8_low_level_aerial foe the photo 

#support local #smallbusiness #golftournament #plantwisedesign #niagararegion
Look VERY closely!! How many can you #count ?

There were a total of 6, yes SIX! #monarchs fluttering around between the #giantsunflower (Helianthus giganteus) and #newenglandaster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). Beeeee-ootiful!!

Monarchs have begun their great journey south to #mexico. These are probably a few of the last I'll see in the gardens. Sad in a way, but I wish them well on their journey. Fly safe you amazing #butterflies 

#pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #niagararegion #plantwisedesign
#wootwoot I've been trying to encourage the #goldfinch to our yard for 5 years by hanging a nyjer seed feeder.

Now that I've been leaving seedheads when flowers are done blooming, they've been appearing regularly.๐Ÿ˜ And they still ignore the feeder! Their favorite seems to be #purpleconeflower

The #bunny is another reason to leave seedheads. The resident "baby" bunny has been happily snacking away on the #rudbeckia seeds. Of course he/she trampled the patch flat, but hey! At least it's ot eating my trees!

Follow me for more tips on why NOT to cut your garden back in the fall and other garden and plant info.

#wildlifehabitat #wildlifegarden #naturalgarden #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Not an Ontario native, but it sure does attract a lot of flying critters!

This tall sedum was loaded with various #pollinators. As for the #bees apparently it makes a fantastic spot to #nap 

I have fallen in #love with #snoozing bees ๐Ÿ˜„

#pollinatorgarden #natureathome #reconnectwithnature #niagararegion #plantwisedesign
Well, I'll be danged! One of the #butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) plants is RE-blooming!!Hooray๐Ÿ˜

Not sure what's up with that, but I'll take it. And I'm betting there's some #insects that will appreciate it too๐Ÿ˜Š

#nativeplants #naturalgarden #gettingreadyforfall #gardendesign #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
๐Ÿ˜ฒ My face when I spotted this. It was new to me!

I was taking pictures of the #bees sleeping under the flowers (they're so #adorable when they do that๐Ÿค—) when i discovered it. Anyway, it took me a bit of searching to find out what this new guy/gal was.

It's an Ailanthus Webworm Moth. Non-native, they're a tropical moth that has become more common in the US, eastern Ontario and  south-western Quebec. It's host plant is the #invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). It is believed that they have followed their host plant north.That's great news! They're also #excellent pollinators. And ...Holy striking! Seems like a #win from every angle๐Ÿคž

#pollinators #beneficialinsects #moths #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta). I ๐Ÿ’™ it! Truthfully, I have fallen in love with all our native verbena species. Their flowers are quite small, yet they put on such a beautiful show...and for 4-6 weeks!

These pictures are from a couple weeks ago but it's still going strong. This one is 4' tall. I have another that is about 2.5' tall. They're a short-lived, non-competitive, clumping perennial that often grows in small colonies. #hoaryvervain likes a dry to medium soil in full sun. They're a #pollinatormagnet especially for smaller insect species, and are the #hostplant for the Common Buckeye #caterpillar

Don't forget! If you decide to try these, they're short-lived, so let a few go to seed. You can always cut ripe seedheads off and scatter them near the original plant if you're going for a more cultivated look.

#nativeplants #pollinatorgarden #gardendesign #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Remember the post from a few days ago about #bumblebees, #bottlegentian, and #pollination ?
Well it appears that a lazy Carpenter bee or two took a shortcut and chewed holes in one of the flowers. Now the smaller guys have access to the pollen inside...if there's any left.

Nature is incredible! Incorporate native plants in your garden and explore how amazing Nature is without leaving home ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

#natureisbeautiful #nativeplants #natureathome #gardendesign #niagararegion #plantwisedesign
Proud to support the Niagara Board of Trade & Commerce golf tournament! Thank you to @lev8_low_level_aerial foe the photo 

#support local #smallbusiness #golftournament #plantwisedesign #niagararegion
Look VERY closely!! How many can you #count ?

There were a total of 6, yes SIX! #monarchs fluttering around between the #giantsunflower (Helianthus giganteus) and #newenglandaster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). Beeeee-ootiful!!

Monarchs have begun their great journey south to #mexico. These are probably a few of the last I'll see in the gardens. Sad in a way, but I wish them well on their journey. Fly safe you amazing #butterflies 

#pollinatorgarden #nativeplants #niagararegion #plantwisedesign
#wootwoot I've been trying to encourage the #goldfinch to our yard for 5 years by hanging a nyjer seed feeder.

Now that I've been leaving seedheads when flowers are done blooming, they've been appearing regularly.๐Ÿ˜ And they still ignore the feeder! Their favorite seems to be #purpleconeflower

The #bunny is another reason to leave seedheads. The resident "baby" bunny has been happily snacking away on the #rudbeckia seeds. Of course he/she trampled the patch flat, but hey! At least it's ot eating my trees!

Follow me for more tips on why NOT to cut your garden back in the fall and other garden and plant info.

#wildlifehabitat #wildlifegarden #naturalgarden #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Not an Ontario native, but it sure does attract a lot of flying critters!

This tall sedum was loaded with various #pollinators. As for the #bees apparently it makes a fantastic spot to #nap 

I have fallen in #love with #snoozing bees ๐Ÿ˜„

#pollinatorgarden #natureathome #reconnectwithnature #niagararegion #plantwisedesign
Well, I'll be danged! One of the #butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) plants is RE-blooming!!Hooray๐Ÿ˜

Not sure what's up with that, but I'll take it. And I'm betting there's some #insects that will appreciate it too๐Ÿ˜Š

#nativeplants #naturalgarden #gettingreadyforfall #gardendesign #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
๐Ÿ˜ฒ My face when I spotted this. It was new to me!

I was taking pictures of the #bees sleeping under the flowers (they're so #adorable when they do that๐Ÿค—) when i discovered it. Anyway, it took me a bit of searching to find out what this new guy/gal was.

It's an Ailanthus Webworm Moth. Non-native, they're a tropical moth that has become more common in the US, eastern Ontario and  south-western Quebec. It's host plant is the #invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima). It is believed that they have followed their host plant north.That's great news! They're also #excellent pollinators. And ...Holy striking! Seems like a #win from every angle๐Ÿคž

#pollinators #beneficialinsects #moths #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta). I ๐Ÿ’™ it! Truthfully, I have fallen in love with all our native verbena species. Their flowers are quite small, yet they put on such a beautiful show...and for 4-6 weeks!

These pictures are from a couple weeks ago but it's still going strong. This one is 4' tall. I have another that is about 2.5' tall. They're a short-lived, non-competitive, clumping perennial that often grows in small colonies. #hoaryvervain likes a dry to medium soil in full sun. They're a #pollinatormagnet especially for smaller insect species, and are the #hostplant for the Common Buckeye #caterpillar

Don't forget! If you decide to try these, they're short-lived, so let a few go to seed. You can always cut ripe seedheads off and scatter them near the original plant if you're going for a more cultivated look.

#nativeplants #pollinatorgarden #gardendesign #niagraregion #plantwisedesign
Remember the post from a few days ago about #bumblebees, #bottlegentian, and #pollination ?
Well it appears that a lazy Carpenter bee or two took a shortcut and chewed holes in one of the flowers. Now the smaller guys have access to the pollen inside...if there's any left.

Nature is incredible! Incorporate native plants in your garden and explore how amazing Nature is without leaving home ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

#natureisbeautiful #nativeplants #natureathome #gardendesign #niagararegion #plantwisedesign