Wordless Wednesday–Midsummer Splendor

The “wildlife garden” as I call it is in full bloom.  Down in front, black-eyed susans and aesclepias (milkweed) species, to the right, a Knockout™ rose with veronicastrum, to the left, coneflowers and hydrangea.

A close-up of some of the plants.  To the back is Black Lace elderberry.

What’s new in this photo are the phlox, the butterfly bush and the tiny little native aster (not blooming yet) coming up in front of the hydrangea.  It’s all stems and leaves right now.  It’s symphotrichon ericoides, or the heath aster.

Look closely! This is not a bee, but a pollinator that resembles one.  It’s a fly masquerading as a bee, but a pollinator nonetheless.  This is one of the syrphid flies, eristalis arbustorum.

2 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday–Midsummer Splendor

  1. Jeanett August 9, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    Discovering your blog really made my day. You
    have no idea.

    • gardendaze August 9, 2012 / 12:54 pm

      Jeanett,
      What a nice thing to say–thank you. Thanks so much for finding me. Karla

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