gardening in my new digs in zone 6a outside of Boston, MA
I love this, Indie! Purple coneflowers are one of my absolute favorites, and I have so many of them this year. It seemed as if the minute they bloomed, butterflies suddenly appeared. They certainly are a magnet for all kinds of wildlife.
I love how the flowers are like little buffets for all the wildlife. They attract the bees, butterflies, and birds - the wildlife garden trifecta!
Great photos, Indie!
Thank you! I've found that most of my garden photos are of my coneflowers - probably because that is where all the wildlife are!
A lovely chronology of all that a coneflower has to give -- food, beauty, a safe landing spot, and bright color until it fades. Beautiful shots!
Thank you! I think Purple Coneflower are a perfect plant - beautiful, hardy, and wildlife friendly!
Here in the piney woods of east Texas we get the goldfinch in the winter. I try to leave as many coneflowers as I can for them. Some folks don't appreciate my approach. . .
I'm sure the goldfinches appreciate them, though! And I love watching them. They are such pretty birds!
Such a beautiful sequence!
Stunning images. My goldfinches also don't wait for the flowers to fade to get at the seeds
It's funny, but I kept seeing the tops of my Coneflowers pulled out and I kept wondering why that was happening. Then I saw a Goldfinch land on one and put two and two together!
Stunning is the perfect word for this post! I will go back and study each image--because they're all fascinating and lovely!
Thank you! I took so many photos of my Coneflowers and all the wildlife they attracted this year, so I just had to share some!
I did a similar post a while back.
Great minds think alike! :) The coneflowers are so photogenic, aren't they?!
Welcome to Indie! I am delighted with your great photos. Echinacea is my favorite flower. Greetings from Polish far. Lucia
I love Echinacea, too. These ones are 'Magnus' cultivar. I have one more variety that I started from seed, but probably won't flower until next year. There are so many pretty ones!
I like how you showed so many creatures using the plant. I think if more people were aware of how plants benefit so many, they might look to keep them pesticide free. The beauty of nature fades each time a plant is sprayed. Nice photos Indie.
I think people are used to and want a pristine look, but it is sad that people put so many chemicals in their environment to try to achieve this. It's not natural, it's not good for the wildlife, and it can't be good for our kids. I really wasn't aware of this issue until I became a gardener and started noticing all the wildlife around me. I want to keep the bees and butterflies and other critters alive!
makes a spell-binding story, with all the reasons why we garden for biodiversity.
I love how so many different critters use this plant, from teeny-tiny bees to birds. A great plant for wildlife!
Beautiful! Especially the one with the butterflies.