June Gardening 2014

by Jane Ahrens

From Mélie’s Garden

During this past year there have been many articles in the press and on line about the decrease of pollinators in our country. Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths and beetles are the primary pollinators of plants and they are of utmost importance in the cycle of nature. World wide over 1,000 plants depend on pollination to grow. The use of herbicides, pesticides, invasive non-native plants, diseases, loss of habitat and extreme weather has contributed to this decline.   The home gardener can help by planting trees, shrubs and plants that will attract and feed these important contributors to our environment.

You can go to the Pollinator Partnership or Xerces Society websites and type in your zip code to get a complete list of plants that are suitable for your area, but here is a partial list of plants that are recommended for Fishers Island that is part of the “Eastern Broadleaf Forest – Oceanic Province”.

Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Oceanic) Province
Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Oceanic) Province

Trees & Shrubs
Acer spp
Amelanchier spp
Cercis Canadensis
Dwarf sumac
Eastern Redbud
Oxydendrum arboreum
Rhus Capallinum
Rusa spp
Salix spp
Sambucus spp
Vaccinium spp
Wild rose

Asciepias syriaca
Aster spp
Baptisia australis
Bee Balm
Black Eyed Susan
Blazing Star
Butterfly weed
Echinacea purpurea

Further information can be found in the Xerces Society Guide, available at bookstores and Amazon.
Further information can be found in the Xerces Society Guide, available at bookstores and Amazon.

False Indigo
Golden Rod
Liatris spp
Monardia spp
Native lilies
Phlox spp
Purple Coneflower
Rudbeckia spp
Rubus spp
Solidago spp
Rubus spp

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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