The Butterfly Knows

Worth the wait!

It took nearly an hour of patient waiting for a snapshot of this flying beauty who completely shunned all the hybridized Echinacea, proof that we are breeding out nectar and pollen traits that are important for our pollinators.  I strongly believe this is a big factor in the decline of the honey bee.  

Be sure to seek out and include in your landscape plenty of native flowers that can provide a variety of food for our pollinators all throughout the growing season.

My favorite place to find these is Scioto Gardens Nursery, located in Delaware on Route 37.  Owned by a husband and wife team, it’s a beautiful outdoor nursery surrounded by lots of native flowers and other plantings.  It’s a must-see!

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Posted by Patty Shipley.

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