Tough but pretty. That’s what I like in a plant. There’s no tougher than the black-eyed Susan and narrow leaved echinacea.
These have been watered only twice during the hottest of July temps (101).
Originally only 6 or 7 plants were grown from seed, and each year these go to seed and new plants appear.
But the best part is they feed native bees that are struggling to survive.
Here we have a hunt’s bumble bee . Being sure to leave open ground for these guys is important. They create honeypots in the ground for their future generations. Mulch is NOT friendly.
I so want to get my yard on an order that can show people what a nursery for wildlife can be.
So far, I invite people to my yard and get nothing but blank stares as they take it all in. It makes me sad in a way.. but I know it’s a work in progress.
Is all I wanted was a sterile void like most yards today, I too could have gone the route of bluegrass lawn surrounded by rocked or mulched beds filled with non-native bushes and flowers. But I care to make this a home for nature being pushed out by high density housing, a favorite of the screen generation.
Sadly by the time I finish my nursery the extinctions will have overtaken my efforts. But at least I try.