Through the late Summer heat and drought, this Wildflower garden of ours just hangs on, with blooms still showing themselves. You just have to look a little harder.
They still keep our parking lot looking decorated.
View the entire history of The Wildflower Project on it's blog at: EHS Pleasant Street Wildflower Project
Pollinator Factoid: Did You Know, The Longest-Tongued Mammal Is a Pollinator? Pollinators needn’t be insects, of course. Birds, lizards, and mammals also play their part, including a bat that follows the evolutionary example of Darwin’s moth.
Discovered in cloud forests in Ecuador in 2005, the tube-lipped nectar bat (Anoura fistulata) has the longest tongue, relative to body length, of any known mammal.
The tiny mammal stores the 3.5-inch-long (9 centimeter) tongue—more than one and a half times the length of the bat’s body—in its ribcage.
The extraordinary organ marks the bat as the exclusive pollinator of a nectar-rich plant called Centropogon nigricans. Check out this incredible video: