July in the Garden

A real winning day yesterday in the St. Paul site! Bumble bees, syrphid flies, blow flies, wasps, JB (dead now), and best of all a fiery skipper (!) all visited the blooming annual flowers. The four Zinnia varieties, Salvia and snaps are in bloom with the Sunflowers on the horizon. I agree with Douglas County Master Gardener, Diane Henry, that we will need a step stool to observe the very tall sunflowers!

Some tips:

Remember to record # of plants, not number of blooms. If a variety (like Salvia) is a big mass, record 6 plants as that was the goal.

Sometimes I observe more than one variety at a time just because stuff is happening quickly. I just keep track of what I see for each variety and then record the correct #s.

I found I have to sit still for a couple minutes before the insects come back and get active again. (This is the hard part!)
Hope you are all enjoying the quiet time watching these amazing insects!
jw

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About Julie Weisenhorn

U of MN Extension Horticulturist; Minnesota gardener; photographer; Linnaeus admirer.
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