by Donna Lewis
So here we are, summer has gone (except for the warm weather) and fall is trying to make its appearance. After a very dry summer, native plants can still be found in the garden. We do need some rain right now.
I am amazed that there is anything still putting out flowers at all.
The leaves are starting to fall. You will be tempted to rake it all up, so your garden looks neat. Don’t do it! Those leaves and pine needles are the blankets that Mother Nature puts on her children. She is saving plants for next spring and tons of butterfly larvae.
Remember neatness is in the eyes of the beholder.
Here are some things that I took photos of today (10-26-2022) in my garden here in Central Texas. You might be surprised at what I saw. There were many more, but I was not fast enough to catch them with my camera. I was still very happy that I got to see them.
- Monarch on Mist Flower
- Monarch underside view
- Skipper Butterfly
- Fiery Skipper Butterfly
- Queen Butterfly
- Clouded Skipper Butterfly
- Common Eastern Bumble Bee
- Clouded Sulphur Butterfly
- Gulf Coast Fritillary
So remember next spring when you plant for pollinators, these are the creatures you’re helping.
Remember who you are gardening for.