For the past two years I have been searching for wild plants to put in my garden. They are weeds to the locals, and are often bushhogged or just simply tilled under. Yet I find them attractive and have scouted for accessible sources to bring them home to my gardens…
The tornado storms of April 11, brought some of them to me, but I continued to look for one. Goldenrod! I think it is the most beautiful thing to see in fall, and so do my bees! They drink its nectar to make stinky (think dirty rotten socks) smelling honey, and bring home it’s pollen to feast on over the winter.
So imagine my surprise when my chicken yard exploded in great yellow, plumes of the stuff!
In the photo below you will see several “WEEDS” That my neighbors would surely not appreciate if growing in their yards.
and butterflies do. And, for all our sake, I certainly do.
And then there is the Eupatorium capillifolium…
The common name is Dog fennel, and it is sold as a background foliage plant in Europe under the name of Elegant Feather.
I am sorry, but mine is anything but elegant at the moment. All spring and summer it is upright and a lovely green, looking quite a bit like asparagus, or culinary fennel.
Usually, by this time of the year it has been cut back down to the ground. This year things got in the way, and feel I let it get out of hand. Or did I?
For the past week I have been in search of the lovely perfume in the chicken yard, which is never a place to be confused with “lovely perfume.” This morning the scent was unmistakably coming from here. Then I noticed the hum, and realized it was a bee magnet!
Buddy was busy sniffing at something in the bush, and found that out the hard way. Poor Buddy.
Here is a closeup of the Dog Fennel blooms,
Hm, I have forgotten her name.
Do you know it?
UPDATE: Thanks to my Facebook friend Jodi, I was able to locate and identify my ‘salvia’ as Scarlet Sage. You can find out more about this beautiful flower HERE. Thank you Jodi!