A Gardener’s Reward –

Bees, Butterflies, Blooms and Birds abound in gardens this time of year.  Pollinators are having a field day and blooms are everywhere!  It is wonderful to just sit and enjoy these simple joys of life.   If you haven’t done so, next year plant a flower garden and you, too, will be enjoying nature.  Following are some photos taken by staff of various pollinators on plants that are sold by Trees Today Nursery.

Butterfly on a White Swan Coneflower

Monarch on Bubblegum Phlox

 

 

 

 

Monarch on a salvia

 

Monarch on a Miss Molly butterfly bush

Monarch on an annual asclepsia

 

Bumblebee on a Rose Sensation Salvia

 

Bumblebee on an annual Mexican Sunflower

Bumblebee on an annual Queen’s Lace

Bees on a hyssop

Sapphire Clematis

If you like clematis, this is one you should try.  It is a unique clematis that has long lasting dark purple blooms that fade to deep blue with dark purple to black anthers. On top of that, it is a continuous bloomer, blooming from June through September. It can be trained as a climber, grown as a shrubby ground cover with no support, or container-grown to a height of 4′. It also can be grown in partial shade. Some gardeners claim it blooms wave after waves, and love it as a ground cover