The Northern Neck Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists are unsung heros. Just because we have been long remiss about giving them credit, that does not mean that we appreciate their dedication and service any less.
Our butterfly garden at Menokin has blossomed (pun intended) into a smorgasbord of color and pollen. Every year there are new varieties on the menu for our hungry customers, including bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, ants, birds, and other crawly critters.
The sign was installed in the garden today and the crowd barely noticed me as they gorged on nectar. Next time you come for a visit, be sure to stop by the garden and say “Thanks!” to these tireless volunteers who make our landscape more beautiful.
If you are planning to shoot summer photos for the Menokin “Seasons” Photo Contest, now is a great time to come.
Here’s a link to the contest rules and application.
Field scabious, or Knautia arvensis may be found in dry fields, grassy places, and flowers between July and September
The Menokin butterfly garden, under the care of the Northern Neck Master Naturalists, is gorgeous this year. Full and lush, it is a nectar smorgasbord for our winged friends.
This tiger swallowtail is enjoying his early bird special.
Black eyed susan, or Rudbeckia hirta, with other common names, such as Brown-eyed Susan or Brown Betty.
Have you ever tried to take a picture of a hummingbird moth? They don’t hold still at all.
This bee knows its balm. Monardas or Bergamots are wild flowers in the mint family, widespread and abundant in much of North America. Flower colors can range from pink to lilac, scarlet or deep red/purple.
Eastern purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea. It’s cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always, purple.