Wildflower Islands


A bee curls around a clover flower.
Three years ago, I wrote about my plan to keep a yard of wildflowers by mowing just once a year, in early spring. But, after a glorious first year, the yard came to fill with much tall grass and few wildflowers. This year, I have a new plan. While mowing, when I come across a nice patch of wildflowers, I mow around it. If at the next mowing the patch still shows bloom or promise, I keep it. During the last mowing, as I came up on a patch of clover and ground ivy, I weighed whether it had bloom enough worth saving. Then I saw a bee working the flowers there, and chose to mow around that patch. In this way, I hope to keep a mowed lawn with wildflower islands, enjoyed by both human and bee.

A Bee Movie -- Bees on the Wildflower Islands

Wildflower Islands

Ground Ivy, Clover, Yellow Wood Sorrel

Bumble Bee on Ground Ivy

Orange Hawkweed

Alfalfa

Daisy Fleabane

Buttercup

Queen Anne's Lace

Sources

wrote 'Almost Cut My Grass' - The Paragraph 2011-07-11

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By Quinn Hungeski, TheParagraph.com, Copyright (CC BY-ND) 2014

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