World Views: Jacob’s Ladder & Pollinators

If only we could see the world as wild ones do, would we dare to care?

Jacob’s Ladder is such a dainty beauty in a color I love. Plant it and they will come I’ve heard. That early and still a bit chilly May morning when I first sat with this plant I watched as the tiny bees did make their visits! Not all bees visit all plants. There are over 300 species of bees in CT so getting to know them all is a challenging task, especially with sizes ranging down to so tiny they are hard to distinguish. Yet, they are such an important part of keeping an ecosystem going, and unfortunately, they are declining. To learn more click on the link to “Pollinators in Connecticut” from the DEEP. https://portal.ct.gov/…/Lear…/Pollinators-in-Connecticut

Some of the visitors to Jacob’s Ladder include honeybees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees, mason bees, cuckoo bees, Halictid bees, Andrenid bees, Giant Bee Fly, butterflies, skippers, moths, and aphids. Think Spring! Plan your gardens with at least some native perennials to enjoy through the changing seasons. Shop native at places like Earth Tones Nursery when they open in the spring http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/ or order seeds from such as Prairie Moon where you can see a map of natives for your area. https://www.prairiemoon.com/spring-bloomers

Explore the Native Plant Trust website where you can find so much information! http://www.nativeplanttrust.org/

This morning I’m sitting at my computer by my second-floor window listening to the Red-shouldered Hawk call in the distance and watching the birds at my bird feeders. There is so much in our immediate area to keep us busy, safe from covid, and distracted from a world that has gone mad which we have little control over. Stay safe and well and enjoy all our blessings.

3 thoughts on “World Views: Jacob’s Ladder & Pollinators

    1. Hi Nancy, Thank you for stopping by to visit my site. I hope you enjoyed some of the articles and images. It is hard to give an answer on plants that deer, rabbits, squirrels, and woodchucks will avoid without knowing where you live, what type of soil you may have, weather and water, and such. A good site for information if you have a specific plant in mind is the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder. Simply check the critters that you want to avoid. Another is the Xerces Society plant lists for your specific state as their plant list contains notations on tolerance to wildlife.
      Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder – https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plantfinder/plantfindersearch.aspx
      Xerces Society publications Library – https://xerces.org/publications

      Happy Earth Day! Stay well and enjoy all the magic around you!
      Sophie

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