Carla Haselhorst enjoys the extended blooms of her plant combinations that keep the pollinators happy.
“Southern Illinois rural pollinator gardens. Blooms March thru frost, wind, clay soils.”
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That's definitely a pollinator wonderland. Looks great. It's amazing what will grow in our midwestern clay soils.
So very colorful! Beautiful!
Pollinator paradise. Drawing me in as well. Very beautiful.
I am loving the vibrant pops of color, especially the daylily photo!
Is this your yard? It looks wonderful!
Flowers, flowers everywhere! I agree with Tim, you have created a beautiful pollinator wonderland! There has to be a constant hummmmmmm in the background every time you step out your door, lovely!
beautiful, some of my favorite flowers.
Certainly draws out the "happy" in us with those awesome pillows of color! Lovely pond in the background, also!
This is lovely Carol, I especially like the picture with the various blues and pinks. The silver foliage of the Lambs Ear really sets off the whole arrangement with the beautiful pond in the background. I also like the way you have made a focal point using the little fence and bird house.
The fence was for 2 clematis to attach to. and I have several bird houses scatttered thru the yard.
My apologies for not paying sufficient attention to your name Carla. The fence for clematis is a great idea - mind if I borrow that?
Your plant choices are very similar to my own and I am intrigued that you raise butterflies. Do you buy the larvae?
My native wildflowers are in areas untended as gardens. I love them. I agree that the wealth of pollinators and huge variety of birds are a wonderful benefit. Wish I had your boast of no mosquitoes! So far they are way too prevalent despite the birds best efforts. I absolutely adore the purple martins arrival every spring as they dive, swoop and soar over the pond.
Finally, I am envious of your zone 6 - we are zone 5 minus! Grrr!
Good morning, Carla. You have a beautiful setting for your colorful garden and the pollinators must love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Gorgeous Love that smoke bush photo bombing the rubeckia pic !!
Rudbeckia is so cheerful. You have created beautiful swaths of color for your hungry guests. I'm loving that pond! How many acres do you garden?
One acre , large beds around the house , largest separate bed is 20'x 80' I think and several other/ shrub borders and a large wild fenced garden for cup plants and others.
Beautiful gardens, Carla. Your pictures left me wanting more. Thanks for sharing!
Such a lovely setting for your garden, Carla! It must be a treat to walk along the path amidst the mounds of flowers.
I have 4 rocked paths within my largest garden and I still can't reach some of them in summer .
Beautiful garden, Carla. I can hear the bees buzzing around as I look at your photos.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments . I bought a pasture ( one acre) 12 years ago and started my gardens in full sun and relentless winds . I added shrubs especially viburnums and large grasses to provide windbreaks and cover for pollinators . I start with blooms as early as March hellebores and continue often till November asters in zone 6 Southern Illinois . I am currently raising monarchs and swallowtails and fall is when these gardens come alive with butterflies , dragonflies, bees ,wasps and hummers . I am adding more natives and native cultivars to my gardens and I have increase the tree count to over 20. I have a constant breeze and NO mosquitoes till after dark. Everyday I look forward to seeing what has changed in my gardens and who is visiting .
Your pollinators' gardens are picture perfect and provide a real life tutorial of what plants work well together. Love your bold red daylily. ('Ruby Spider' perhaps?) and the yellow of the dainty coreopsis blooms in the background makes the dayliy's sunshine yellow throat really pop.
The pond certainly adds some delightful ambiance as a backdrop to your beautiful property. You're doing a wonderful job of adding the trees and I wonder if it surprises you how mature they are looking?
I had 6 young ones 12 years ago on the purchased property we bought nearest the pond . I added river birch, bald cypress to my wet areas and they have grown rapidly .
Your garden is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing
Carla your gardens speak "summertime" so strongly. They are so colorful and fun! I really like the daylily. You have created a wonderful place for a bee! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your summer!
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