Pollinator Planting – 1st Mowing

Allis Chalmers mowing prairieThe pollinator planting behind my house was mowed down for the first time the other day.  (Mowing is a management technique to avoid the establishment of unwanted species.)  It almost seemed a shame to be cutting down these blooms, but it will make for a stronger planting in the long run.

Hyssop Blooms in planting
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

And look, there were even pollinators out and about on the Bergamot and Coneflower.

Bumble Bee on Wild Bergamot bloom
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
American Bumble Bee on Grayhead Coneflower
American Bumble Bee on Grayhead Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

A plant new to me was the Partridge Pea, which, according to Wikipedia “is considered an excellent choice for planting in disturbed areas, as it will quickly cover an area, preventing erosion, while still allowing other plants to become established”.

Partridge Pea bloom and foliage
Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)

And I couldn’t resist a shot of the classic Black Eyed Susan or the non-native and technically invasive Queen Anne’s Lace that is growing around the perimeter of the planting.

Black Eyed Susan

non-native wild carrot
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

I’ll be back out there before the next mowing to see what else is new, and maybe even shoot some portraits out there =)