I must have flowers, always and always. - Claude Monet
If you plant it, they will come. At least, that has been my experience. If you are interested in attracting pollinators - such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds - to your garden or living space, then focus on the attractor... the flowers, herbs and plants that they love.
Zinnias and sunflowers have always been a few of my favorites. The colors resonate with me. I remember the zinnias from my mother's garden and I've been obsessed with sunflowers since the 90s. So it was only natural that I give them a go in my own garden. This is the third year for sunflowers, and the second year for zinnias. They never disappoint.
In addition to being super easy to grow, outstanding cut flowers, super colorful and gorgeous, they are also pollinator favorites. In a world lecturing us to save the bees, I encourage anyone tempted to only post a meme, to plant a seed instead. Actions speak louder than memes.
My zinnias were late this year, by about a month. This is due to weather, and is part of having a garden or farm. Plants are amazing at adapting; humans can be too. I have noticed this year, that while there are a few butterflies already swarming the zinnias, that it's nothing compared to last year, when there were literally hundreds of butterflies every day in my garden. I look forward to seeing if this changes over the course of the summer. I welcome them home!
All of the pictures you see in this post are from this summer. After I work my soil, and after the last frost, I put the seeds directly into the ground. Zinnias are cut and come again. The more you cut, the more they produce. There are some really neat varieties too.
I tried many different kinds of sunflowers this year, and had a lot of fun doing it. I also tried succession planting, meaning I planted at different times, so that I had blooms throughout the season. This has worked pretty well so far, but I think next year I spread them out even more.
Although it's hotter than hell right now, I sure do love this time of year. I take walks in my garden morning and night, and sometimes in between just to soak up all the vibrant color and sweet natural happiness that the blooms and plants produce. I observe the pollinators and am so curious about the cycles and how everything grows. This has been such a joy to me over the past few years. I am so grateful God brought me back to my natural state... a girl... and now a woman... in a sundress tending to flowers and watching things grow. I'm growing too. No matter if I live in the country, suburbia or city... there will always be flowers.♥
What kind of pollinator-friendly plants or flowers are you growing? Who is stopping by?