Category Archives: Pollinators

Five Annuals for a Pollinator Garden

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds gravitate to gardens that bloom throughout the growing season and that contain an abundance of the same plant species as well as a diversity of species of … Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About . . . Annuals

by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Unlike perennials, which live for more than two years, annual plants sprout, bloom, produce seeds, and die in a single growing season. If the garden was a stage, perennials would be the leads and … Continue reading

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For Your Pollinator Garden

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener Do you want to create or add to a pollinator garden? Do you look at lists of plants that claim to be superior at attracting pollinators, then wonder which ones really … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect? Answers!

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener We wrap up pollinator week with one last challenge: can you identify the insects in the video? These hairy pollinators were buzzing around the Echinacea at Green Spring Gardens on Wednesday. One characteristic … Continue reading

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On the Echinacea – What’s that Insect?

Written (and Photographed) by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener [Note: This is an updated and revised version of an article originally posted on June 13, 2012.] This year, June 2oth is not only the summer solstice, but the beginning of … Continue reading

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Can You Identify These Pollinators? Part 3: Hummingbirds

Sometimes moth species, like the white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) above, are mistaken for hummingbirds. Unlike most moths, it often feeds during the day. At first glance, its bulk, rapid wing movement, swift flight, and habit of hovering as it feeds resembles that of a hummingbird. No wonder these insects also are referred to as hummingbird moths. Continue reading

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Can You Identify These Pollinators? Part 2: Butterflies

One of the joys of summer is to watch butterflies flaunt their shapes and colors by flitting, floating and fluttering from flower to flower. Attracted to clustered or composite blooms that are bright, red, purple, blue, and yellow, they pick up and transport pollen on their legs and wings. Continue reading

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Can You Identify These Pollinators? Part 1: Bees, Wasps, Flies

During National Pollinator Week we challenged you to test your pollinator identification skills. Each day we featured a pollinator or two on our Facebook page with clues to the identity. This week we provide answers in three parts. Part 1 focuses on bees, wasps and flies. Continue reading

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How to Celebrate National Pollinator Week – 15-21 June: Go Native!

National Pollinator Week – See how MGNV can help you “Go Native!” with pollinators. Continue reading

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New Monarch Waystation at Bluemont Park

Written by Maraea Harris, Master Gardener Intern The Bluemont Bird and Butterfly Garden began around 2004. The space, which had been just another parking lot island, was filled with various flowering perennials and shrubs and was used and maintained by … Continue reading

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