Today I want to show you what’s blooming in my garden. Everything I’ve shown here is a native plant/tree that’s grown naturally on my property. Not everything that’s blooming is big and showy. As you’ll see some of the most beautiful blooms are actually really small and unremarkable until you look closely. Many of these lovely native plants are important sources of food for our pollinators.
Trees & Shrubs in Bloom
Don’t ever forget that trees in bloom are important sources of food for bees & other pollinators. My long term plan is to plant more flowering trees for my honeybees in the Spring, but here’s some of what I have now. All of these trees/shrubs have grown naturally on their own with no help from me.
The Prickly Ash is one of my favorites – I have a lot of young trees around the property. It’s also called the Toothache Tree because Native Americans used to chew the leaves to numb their mouths & relieve toothache. If you crush a leaf you can clearly smell the medicinal compounds in there.
Blooms – small & beautiful
Many small wildflowers tend to be neglected because they’re small and not ‘showy’. Get close up to see their beauty. Around the property I have a lot of low growing clover type “weeds”. I don’t mind because the bees seem to like them!
My favorite small bloom is the Pearl Milkweed Vine. The bloom is only about 1/2″ across & fairly unremarkable until you look closely and see the ‘pearl’ and lovely markings. Interestingly these blooms produce huge seed pods 3″-4″ long.
Blooms – Bigger & Brighter
It wouldn’t be Spring without Bluebonnets, would it? These are just some of the wildflowers I have blooming on my property right now. I’d have to say that the overall color of my landscape this time of year is the purple of prairie verbena and yellow. I have a lot of different yellow flower species and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very good at identifying them all: Nerve Ray, Four Nerve Daisy, Huisache Daisy & Hymenoxys are some of the cheery yellow blooms I have across my property.
Many of these wildflowers are butterfly magnets. Can you see the yellow butterfly on the Mealy Sage? The standout bloom as far as I’m concerned is Prairie Verbena – it has a constant line of butterflies feeding from it. A couple of days ago I just sat in the middle of a patch watching butterflies: Monarchs, Swallowtails, brown ones, yellow ones (not very good with butterfly identification either). It was a wonderful way to relax for a while.
With all the current worries about Covid-19 and social distancing it’s easy to forget how beautiful our wild landscapes are. If you are able take a few minutes and enjoy the wildlife around you – it’s a good way to relax! Hope you all stay well