So I was thrilled when Andrew invited me to join a local Intervention - Pollinator Seed Bombs to be distributed in the two parks, Riverdale Park East and Withrow Park, that border our neighbourhood. "Kids to make signs with pollinator fun facts to be placed in gardens and lawns.
Seed ball assembly (Farmer’s Market activity) and “distribution” in vacation lots and gardens." Finally something I can do! I volunteered to collect seeds from our farmhouse for the seed bombs.We are lucky to have Dave Harvey of Park People as a neighbour. A few weeks ago he convened a meeting to see if there was interest in forming a group, Friends of Riverdale Park East. So this intervention fits in perfectly with our nascent Neighbourhood initiative.
Currently there is an initiative by the David Suzuki Foundation, Got Milkweed, to plant milkweed plants to expand habitat for the increasingly endangered monarch butterfly. They have now sold out their plants. But at our farmhouse we have a whole milkweed meadow so I was happy to go out and collect seedpods.
|Our milkweed meadow|
|A milkweed stalk with many seedpods still intact|
|A slightly less mature seedpod where the seeds can be easily rubbed off|
|A more mature seed with helicopter floss attached|
|Garlic Chive seeds|
|Cardinal Climber Seeds|
|Single hollyhocks with bee balm|
Big fat bumblebees positively bathe and cavort in many different flowers as the season progresses. Their buzz can be almost deafening.
|Bumblebee at the bee balm (monarda)|
|And then it moves to the hollyhocks|
|Bumblebees at the Lupine in June|
|And at the Mock Orange in June|
|The Mock Orange also attracts butterflies - here a Yellow Swallowtail|
|A monarch butterfly at the Preston Lilac which blooms about three weeks after the common Syringa vulgaris|
|Butterflies at the Golden Ninebark|
|A butterfly caterpillar on the parsley - I think it's a Yellow Swallowtail|
|My pollinator friendly vegetable garden in August|