Late June Bloomers
These were planted in December, 2014. They did okay, in 2017 but at the end of June this year, my gray-headed coneflowers were kickin' it in the west savanna area.
|Virginia Mountain Mint|
|Butterfly Milkweed (bloomed from June through July)|
The heat intensified in July, but still, the wildflowers were determined.
|Royal Catchfly (red) and Black-eyed Susan|
|Even more Gray-headed coneflowers bloomed in July|
|Ladino clover seems to love the heat|
|Queen Anne's lace (wild carrot)|
The Partridge pea started blooming in early July, but has really been showing off since the last week of July into August.
Of all the blooming flowers I thought the honeybees would love, the sumac was not even on my list! But, turns out sumac is one of their favorites here. So, I guess I'll let it stay.
|Smooth Sumac - only 1 of 2 flowers on this page that the honeybees seem to really like.|
|Prairie Blazing Star in a field of Rattlesnake Master.|
Interestingly, I haven't found one honeybee on the St. John's Wort and the Bumblebees are enjoying a pollen Bonanza!
|St. John's Wort|
|Red Clover - Bumblebees LOVE it!|
|Common Milkweed and Wood Sage|
|Bindweed - the flowers are open in the morning, but close up when the temperatures start rising.|
|Ironweed (with Queen Anne's Lace in the foreground)|
|July - Wild Quinine dominates, but it will soon retreat and another will come up to carry us into Fall.|
|Wild Potato Vine?|
UPDATED 8/15 - Thanks to Chuck Yetter & his wife, these have now been *correctly* identified - they're called "wild petunias".
A field of wild petunias - you're welcome, Chuck! :-)
|Field full of "wild petunias".|
Out of all the flowers above, the only ones I've found that my honeybees really like are the Butterfly milkweed and the Smooth Sumac. I've been searching all my August blooming flowers and haven't been able to find from where my honeybees are getting their pollen and nectar stores for the Fall. Today though, my investigation may have identified their source. Stay tuned....pictures and details are forthcoming!