Pollinator Partners

 

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Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 20 – 26, 2016!

I registered my gardens in the Million Pollinator Gardens Challenge. I’m on the map now as “Syringa Hill Farm” at Glendale, Idaho. Registering my garden means simply that I am one in a million gardeners who grows one or more plants that attract pollinators like butterflies, honey bees, bumble bees, bats, humming birds, lizards or any of a number of animals that pollinate flowers. I have several gardens, each a little different from the others. What blooms at my place has to withstand serious summer heat, winter cold and snow, and attacks from rodents that live underground and above ground, and occasionally range cattle and deer when they can get over or through the fence. Wildflowers do well! Having 8 acres, I used to garden on the deck before we fenced out range cattle and deer. Deer tracks in wet soil beneath our new Autumn Blaze maple a few mornings ago warn me that I still need to put up deer net to extend my fence higher than they want to jump.

Just some of the stable plants that I can grow easily here, and on which I’ve seen pollinators include:

bright geraniums

verbena

herbs: comfrey, cat nip and cat mint, sweet marjoram, thyme, oregano, sage, borage

mustard

arugula

squash

any garden food that blooms when I let it go to seed

“Pinks” and Jacob’s Coat roses

lavender

sunflowers

elderberry

wild cherry

How wonderful! As I’m writing this two black chinned humming birds are exploring potted flowers on my deck. I didn’t bring out my camera and the cat is on her harness nearby so I have to keep my eye on the situation. One way I assure more birds in my gardens is to keep the cat tethered. She has a long enough lead but I have to find strategic places to let her enjoy the outdoors considering our predators, including her, and the food chain when we live with wildlife! Just perfect!

You can register your garden here or  here to join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, too. Do it! You get to display their enchanting logo on your blog and help spread the word about making pollinator friendly gardens and farms. Even one sole flower counts.

You can find out more about growing pollinator gardens and get lovely posters and wall paper and education materials at the websites below.

*Pollinators Home Page: US Fish and Wildlife Service  https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/Index.html

*Million Pollinators Garden website      http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/

*U. S. Forest Service: posters, wall paper, and many resources about wildflowers, native plants, ethnobotany and much more. Gorgeous posters of wildflowers, ferns, bees, grasslands, forests, and other pollinator partners. You can get some free and others you can download the pdf. and print them yourself.           http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/features/posters.shtml 

There are many more websites if you just google “pollinator partners”. Please send me a photo of a flower or garden you grow or find that attracts pollinators. Use the comments below to post them. And please register your garden in the challenge! I’d love to see it! You don’t have to garden in the US to register. My badge is way down at the bottom of my right sidebar. Scroll down to see it.

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Partners

 

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8 thoughts on “Pollinator Partners”

  1. Great pictures! I have a pollinator friendly garden too. Mine is certified through Penn State University … and I’m registered as a Monarch Waystation. I’ll have to check out the pollinator challenge. I don’t have 8 acres here in Western Pa but I do have deer, and bunnies (they are especially naughty this year). Glad I found your blog.

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    1. I haven’t tried to get certified, just trying to grow what the mammals won’t eat or destroy. This is a hard year to get ahead of rodents and I’ve seen a bunny on our road, too. Saw a fox in the tall grass while I was planting tomatoes today, quite close. It was hunting and I did not distract it. We don’t get real Monarch’s here, but some great impostors. Glad you found me, too. I’ll look at your blog.

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    1. I selected this photo for the challenge: partners. Then I looked for a poem for pollinator partners and found the site where I could register my garden. That’s all there is to it, just upload a photo of your garden and say where it is. I don’t feel like I’m really certified, but it feels good just the same. I’m sorry about your neighbor’s cats. Do you have a dog? That might help keep cats away. My cat is such a fast bird killer I had to do something to protect birds. A fox was 20 feet from my garden while I planted tomatoes yesterday and that’s another reason to guard my cat. I doubt your neighbor will ever understand and try to help birds.

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      1. She won’t do anything about the cats! I’ve brought it up and she doesn’t care. One of them was devoured by a coyote not too long ago. I spray them with the hose, but can’t stand guard all the time.
        I am glad you keep your cat safe!

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