Thursday, August 29, 2013


Ken plants flowers.    He starts many flats each season.  A few make it to clearings in the perennial bed.  Many go to the garden and field.  He encourages wild flowers as well.

People often ask Ken why he gives so much space to flowers.  

There are several reasons.  Many flowers attract pollinators like our honey bees and native pollinators like bumble bees.

And butterflies
Others are homes for beneficial insects that combat the insects that attack crops. 

Some deter insect pests

Not to mention just the beauty of having them as part of the yard, garden and field.  Here is a combination of bean flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies and purple coneflower that beneficial insects like.

Yes, it's a good thing.  Thank you, Ken for adding practical beauty to our lives.

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