As we get the latest surge of wildflowers and all the activity that happens within it, it's hard not to think about how much more spectacular it will be next year. But that shouldn't take away from the huge success it has been in it's first year.
As the flowers die, the seeds become abundant. Aside from the more colorful goldfinches, there are also lots of sparrows, who hide in the bushes until the all clear. Then it's back to feeding in the wildflower garden. It's pretty funny to see this pair with their heads poking out of the bush.
And of course there are still lots of pollinators visiting.
View the entire history of The Wildflower Project on it's blog at: EHS Pleasant Street Wildflower Project
A green bottle fly contributing to the pollination effort in our wildflower garden.
Pollinator Factoid: Did you know that green bottle flies are pollinators? After bees, flies—especially hoverflies (aka flower or syrphid flies)—are among the most important pollinators of agricultural crops.
For instance, chocolate lovers have midges to thank for their vice: These flies are the sole pollinators of the cocoa tree, according to Ollerton.
But in attracting flies, many plants ditch the flowery approach, as their often bizarre and pungent blooms testify. Take the nausea-inducing corpse flower, Rafflesia arnoldii, a species that boasts the world's largest flower and smells like rotting carrion to attract flies.