To end the week, on Saturday, June 9 at 10am, I'll be giving a presentation on Nebraska wildflowers at Finke Gardens and Nursery. And don't forget, I do run a native prairie garden coaching business. Ahem.
Also, check out Bob Henrickson's (NE Statewide Arboretum) fantastic advice on planting a mini prairie in your landscape.
The last day is a two-fer. Because asters are some of the last plants that overwintering insects--and insects soon to lay over-wintering eggs--gorge on like I do with a box of Godiva. On both New England and smooth aster I've seen hundreds of butterflies, wasps, bees, beetles, flies, moths, and heavenly angels all at one time. Every day. For as long as they bloom, which is a good two weeks in late September into mid October--one time into November when the freezes were late.
|'Purple Dome' New England, with white Boltonia and blue Aster 'October Skies'|
|Aster laevis, smooth aster, on the right|
|Bee on Aster laevis|
Thus concludes a sampling of insect-loving and somewhat unique native Nebraska wildflowers this last week. Below is a list of the other posts if you missed them. We now return you to our more mercurial blog posting times.
Day 1 -- Baptisia
Day 2 -- Wild Quinine
Day 3 -- Milkweed
Day 4 -- Liatris Ligulistylis
Day 5 -- Joe Pye Weed
Day 6 -- Blue Sage
We had asters--I kid you not--into January down here last winter. (Well, for whatever value of "winter" that was.) They bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. They're what's giving me hope that if we run out of all the other wildflowers, I'll still have asters to feed the bugs.
January???? Global warming is playing havoc with gardening already in many ways.
love asters and so do the monarchs in the fall...great series
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