Today Melanie Folk is sharing photos from her garden in southern Georgia.
Melanie has a yard full of dragonflies and loves to capture them up close to see the beauty of their wings. Dragonflies have a voracious appetite for mosquitoes, so they are always a welcome visitor to any garden.
Another welcome visitor, a green tree frog, is actually Georgia’s state amphibian. Green tree frogs, too, have a great appetite for insect pests. The best way to encourage garden visitors like these is to avoid using insecticides and to provide a variety of habitats—including water—in your garden.
Sunflowers are a great source of pollen and nectar for many pollinating insects. If you really want to maximize their benefit to bees, avoid varieties that are described as “pollenless.” The pollenless sunflowers are popular as cut flowers, as they don’t spill messy pollen on the table, but the old-fashioned varieties with abundant pollen provide more food for your local wildlife, such as the bumblebees pictured here.
The green anole is a small lizard that is native to the southeastern corner of North America. This one is in the process of molting, shedding an old layer of skin as it grows.
A spectacular camellia bloom (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–10). Camellias are the winter and early spring queens of Southern gardens, and their flowers come in a wide range of forms and shapes. This flower, with layer upon layer of precisely arranged petals, is called a formal double.
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